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Figure Skating at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Date Started: February 16, 1980
Date Finished: February 23, 1980
Events: 4

Participants: 84 (40 men and 44 women) from 20 countries
Youngest Participant: GBR Susy Garland (13 years, 292 days)
Oldest Participant: URS Irina Rodnina (30 years, 157 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 18 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (4 medals)


The 1980 figure skating competition was contested indoors at the Olympic Fieldhouse. There were only minor changes to the program and scoring system used since 1976. In men’s and ladies’ compulsory figures, these were reduced from three groups to two groups for the draw for the figures to be skated. This meant that skaters had to train for fewer figures. In the pairs, the short program was increased from 25% to 28.57% (2/7th) of the total pairs’ score.