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Figure Skating at the 1908 London Summer Games

1908 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: October 28, 1908
Date Finished: October 29, 1908
Events: 4

Participants: 21 (14 men and 7 women) from 6 countries
Youngest Participant: GBR Arthur Cumming (19 years, 174 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Edgar Syers (45 years, 225 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): GBR Madge Syers (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GBR Great Britain (6 medals)


The 1908 Olympic Games contained events in figure skating for both men and women. Pre-dating the first Olympic Winter Games by 16 years, these were the first Winter Olympic events contested at the Modern Olympic Games.

This was the first time that an international figure skating competition saw men, women, and pairs compete at the same event. In addition, a fourth event, "Special Figures" was also held. This event never again appeared on the Olympic program but basically consisted of the school figures as a separate event.

Figure skating would not return to the Olympics until 1920 in Antwerp, as it was not held in 1912 at Stockholm.