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Figure Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Palavela, Torino
Date Started: February 21, 2006
Date Finished: February 23, 2006
Format: Total of points from short program and free skating.

Gold: JPN Shizuka Arakawa
Silver: USA Sasha Cohen
Bronze: RUS Irina Slutskaya

Summary

The skater with the most talent was easy – Sasha Cohen (USA), who had been runner-up at the 2004-05 Worlds. But she had a nasty habit of skating poorly under pressure situations and dropping out of the lead. The skater with the best pedigree was the 2002 silver medalist, Irina Slutskaya (RUS), who had been World Champion in 2002 and 2005, and shortly before Torino, had won her seventh European title, bettering the record of Katarina Witt and Sonja Henie , who had won six Europeans. Another contender was Japan’s Shizuka Arakawa, who was World Champion in 2004, but she had not skated well in the early 2005-06 season. Cohen won the short program, but her lead was almost non-existent. She scored 66.73 to 66.70 for Slutskaya and 66.02 for Arakawa. In the free skate, Cohen skated well, not succumbing to her personal demons, and bettered Slutskaya, who had skated earlier, 116.63 to 114.74. Arakawa was the last skater on the ice, and she skated superbly, scoring 125.32 to win the gold medal, the first ever by an Asian figure skater, and again deny Cohen a major international title, with Slutskaya winning the bronze. Both Cohen and Slutskaya had problems with falls, Slutskaya in the free program, and Cohen in the short.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Shizuka Arakawa 24 Japan JPN Gold 191.34
2 Sasha Cohen 21 United States USA Silver 183.36
3 Irina Slutskaya 27 Russia RUS Bronze 181.44
4 Fumie Suguri 25 Japan JPN 175.23
5 Joannie Rochette 20 Canada CAN 167.27
6 Kimmie Meissner 16 United States USA 165.71
7 Emily Hughes 17 United States USA 160.87
8 Sarah Meier 21 Switzerland SUI 156.13
9 Carolina Kostner 19 Italy ITA 153.50
10 Elene Gedevanishvili 16 Georgia GEO 151.46
11 Liu Yan 21 China CHN 145.30
12 Mira Leung 16 Canada CAN 145.16
13 Susanna Pöykiö 23 Finland FIN 143.22
14 Yelena Sokolova 25 Russia RUS 142.35
15 Miki Ando 18 Japan JPN 140.20
16 Kiira Korpi 17 Finland FIN 137.20
17 Olena Liashenko 29 Ukraine UKR 134.08
18 Júlia Sebestyén 24 Hungary HUN 129.26
19 Idora Hegel 22 Croatia CRO 127.07
20 Halyna Maniachenko-Yefremenko 25 Ukraine UKR 125.37
21 Tuğba Karademir 20 Turkey TUR 123.64
22 Silvia Fontana 29 Italy ITA 120.37
23 Viktória Pavuk 20 Hungary HUN 119.85
24 Fleur Maxwell 17 Luxembourg LUX 109.57
25 r1/2 Joanne Carter 25 Australia AUS
26 r1/2 Roxana Luca 23 Romania ROU
27 r1/2 Kim Yong-Suk 26 North Korea PRK
28 r1/2 Jelena Glebova 16 Estonia EST
29 r1/2 Anastasiya Gimazetdinova 25 Uzbekistan UZB