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Figure Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Iceberg Skating Palace, Adler
Date Started: February 13, 2014
Date Finished: February 14, 2014
Format: Total of points from short program and free skating.

Gold: JPN Yuzuru Hanyu
Silver: CAN Patrick Chan
Bronze: KAZ Denis Ten


The heavy favorite in the men’s competition was Canadian [Patrick Chan], who was World Champion in 2011-13 and had been runner-up in 2009-10. He had been especially dominant in the 2011/12 season when he won every major title available. Chan had to overcome the “Canadian men’s singles’ jinx” at the Olympics. Canadian male skaters [Kurt Browning], [Brian Orser], and [Elvis Stojko] had all come to the Olympics as a favorite or co-favorite but no Canadian man had ever won Olympic gold in singles competition.

Russian star [Yevgeny Plyushchenko] was the home favorite. He had not won a World title since 2004, and had struggled with back injuries and surgeries for the past few years. But Plyushchenko skated well in the team competition at Sochi, second only to Chan among the men, giving his fans hope. On the night of the short program, however, Plyushchenko warmed up, but then skated over to the side of the rink and withdrew with back pain. He would have another back surgery within weeks. Two other contenders were considered to be Kazakh [Denis Ten], silver medalist at the 2013 Worlds, and Japan’s 2010 World Junior Champion [Yuzuru Hanyu].

Hanyu took a surprising lead over Chan in the short program but it was very close and whoever won the free skate would likely take the gold medal. Spain’s [Javier Fernández] ranked third after the short, while Ten was in ninth place.

In the free skate Hanyu looked to have cost himself the gold medal when he fell on a quad salchow-triple flip combination. But Chan made some minor errors on a quad toe loop and triple axel and Hanyu won the free skate by just over ½-a-point, giving him the gold medal. Chan was second, continuing the Canadian jinx in the event, while Ten’s free skate moved him up to the bronze medal as Fernández dropped off the podium and placed fourth.

The top American [Jason Brown], placed ninth, as no American singles skater stood on the Olympic podium for the first time since 1936. The top US skater, defending champion [Evan Lysacek], had struggled with injuries all year and had not tried to make the American team at the trials.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Yuzuru Hanyu 19 Japan JPN Gold 280.09
2 Patrick Chan 23 Canada CAN Silver 275.62
3 Denis Ten 20 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze 255.10
4 Javier Fernández 22 Spain ESP 253.92
5 Tatsuki Machida 23 Japan JPN 253.42
6 Daisuke Takahashi 27 Japan JPN 250.67
7 Yan Han 17 China CHN 246.20
8 Peter Liebers 25 Germany GER 239.87
9 Jason Brown 19 United States USA 238.37
10 Michal Březina 23 Czech Republic CZE 233.62
11 Tomáš Verner 27 Czech Republic CZE 232.99
12 Jeremy Abbott 28 United States USA 232.70
13 Brian Joubert 29 France FRA 231.77
14 Alexandre Majorov 22 Sweden SWE 224.86
15 Kevin Reynolds 23 Canada CAN 222.23
16 Jorik Hendrickx 21 Belgium BEL 214.04
17 Misha Ge 22 Uzbekistan UZB 203.26
18 Florent Amodio 23 France FRA 198.64
19 Michael Christian Martinez 17 Philippines PHI 184.25
20 Yakiv Hodorozha 20 Ukraine UKR 182.19
21 Alexei Bychenko 26 Israel ISR 177.06
22 Abzal Rakhimgaliyev 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 174.40
23 Zoltan Kelemen 27 Romania ROU 158.76
24 Viktor Romanenkov 20 Estonia EST 139.99
25 r1/2 Francisco Raya 22 Spain ESP 59.76
26 r1/2 Viktor Pfeifer 26 Austria AUT 56.60
27 r1/2 Paul Bonifacio Parkinson 22 Italy ITA 56.30
28 r1/2 Liam Firus 21 Canada CAN 55.04
29 r1/2 Brendan Kerry 19 Australia AUS 47.12