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Figure Skating at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Field House International Ice Rink, Lake Placid; Olympic Field House US Ice Rink, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 18, 1980
Date Finished: February 21, 1980
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 tiebreaker in the Short Program was the Required Elements score, and the tiebreaker in the Free Skating was the Artistic Impression score. The points were based on 30% for Compulsory Figures, 20% for the Short Program, and 50% for Free Skating, with the tiebreaker for each judge being the Free Skating score. 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. Ties were broken by a Subsequent Majority rule, i.e., if the skaters were ranked for the same position by the same number of judges, Majority Placement for the next higher position for each skater determined who was ranked higher. The tiebreakers were then 1) Number of Majority Placements, 2) Total Ordinals of Majority, 3) Total Ordinals, 4) Total Points.

Gold: GBR Robin Cousins
Silver: GDR Jan Hoffmann
Bronze: USA Charlie Tickner


This was possibly the most wide-open men’s Olympic championship. Nobody had established himself as the world’s best skater since [John Curry] turned professional after the 1976 Winter Olympics. There were four contenders – [Robin Cousins] (GBR), second at the 1979 Worlds and 1980 European Champion; [Vladimir Kovalyov] (URS), World Champion in 1977 and 1979 but somewhat erratic and never a European Champion; [Charlie Tickner] (USA), the 1978 World Champion; and [Jan Hoffmann] (GDR), runner-up at the 1977-78 Worlds and European Champion in 1977-79. Hoffmann jumped into the lead after the compulsory figures, with Tickner second and Cousins fourth. Kovalyov placed fifth and withdrew from the competition, due to illness. Cousins won the short program with Hoffmann second and Tickner only fifth. Going into the free skate, Hoffmann still led, with Cousins second and Tickner third. But Cousins also won the free skate to win the gold medal over Hoffmann, Tickner taking the bronze. Cousins received the only 6.0 in figure skating at Lake Placid, in his short program. Americans would placed 3-4-5, with [David Santee] fourth and [Scott Hamilton] fifth. Cousins never won a World Championship. In addition to a professional ice show career, he later became known as an actor on the British stage.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MP TOOM TO TP
1 Robin Cousins 22 Great Britain GBR Gold 6×1+ 6.0 13.0 189.48
2 Jan Hoffmann 24 East Germany GDR Silver 9×2+ 15.0 15.0 189.72
3 Charlie Tickner 26 United States USA Bronze 7×3+ 20.0 28.0 187.06
4 David Santee 22 United States USA 9×4+ 34.0 34.0 185.52
5 Scott Hamilton 21 United States USA 9×5+ 45.0 45.0 181.78
6 Igor Bobrin 26 Soviet Union URS 8×6+ 48.0 55.0 177.40
7 Jean-Christophe Simond 19 France FRA 7×7+ 47.0 64.0 175.00
8 Mitsuru Matsumura 22 Japan JPN 5×8+ 39.0 75.0 172.28
9 Fumio Igarashi 21 Japan JPN 8×9+ 67.0 77.0 172.04
10 Konstantin Kokora 22 Soviet Union URS 6×10+ 58.0 91.0 168.18
11 Hermann Schulz 18 East Germany GDR 7×11+ 74.0 98.0 166.70
12 Brian Pockar 20 Canada CAN 8×12+ 94.0 107.0 163.26
13 Rudi Cerne 21 West Germany FRG 9×13+ 116.0 116.0 159.30
14 Thomaz Öberg 21 Sweden SWE 8×14+ 112.0 127.0 149.80
15 Christopher Howarth 19 Great Britain GBR 9×15+ 134.0 134.0 145.66
16 Xu Zhaoxiao 14 China CHN 9×16+ 144.0 144.0 117.16
AC Vladimir Kovalyov 27 Soviet Union URS DNF