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Figure Skating at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Prince's Skating Club, Montpelier Square, Knightsbridge
Date Started: October 28, 1908
Date Finished: October 29, 1908
Format: Each judge ranked each skater by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the skaters. The points were based on 60% for Compulsory Figures and 40% for Free Skating. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. If no absolute majority for a place existed, the tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Total Ordinals, 2) Total Points, 3) Compulsory Figure Points.

Gold: GBR Madge Syers
Silver: GER Elsa Rendschmidt
Bronze: GBR Dorothy Greenhough-Smith


Madge Cave Syers won this title quite comfortably. She was easily the top female skater of the era. Women's world championships did not begin until 1906, but Syers won the first two events in 1906 and 1907. Prior to that time, women competed against men and Syers won the British "men's" championship in 1903 and 1904. At the 1902 World Championship, Madge Syers placed second to Ulrich Salchow. The only other top female skater of the era who might have challenged Syers was Lily Kronberger of Hungary, World Champion from 1908-1911, but she failed to compete at the 1908 Olympics.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsCompulsory FiguresFree Skating

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MP TO TP
1 Madge Syers 26 Great Britain GBR Gold 5×1+ 5.0 1,262.5
2 Elsa Rendschmidt 22 Germany GER Silver 4×2+ 11.0 1,055.0
3 Dorothy Greenhough-Smith 25 Great Britain GBR Bronze 4×3+ 15.0 960.5
4 Elna Montgomery 22 Sweden SWE 4×4+ 21.0 851.5
5 Gwendolyn Lycett Great Britain GBR 5×5+ 23.0 820.0