How Hughes won goldPosted: Friday February 22, 2002 12:47 AM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- How Sarah Hughes won the gold medal in women's figure skating at the Olympic Games:
The short program is worth one-third and the free program is worth two-thirds of the total score. Based on the nine judges' marks, the skaters get a factored placement for each program. The lowest total of the two factored placements determines the overall winner. In case of a tie, the skater with lower free program score is the winner.
The scores after the short program were:
1. Kwan 0.5
2. Slutskaya 1.0
3. Cohen 1.5
4. Hughes 2.0
In the free program, factors are 1.0 for first, 2.0 for second, 3.0 for third based on their postion.
The factored placements of the free program were:
1. Hughes 1.0
2. Slutskaya 2.0
3. Kwan 3.0
The total factored placements were:
1. Hughes 3.0
2. Slutskaya 3.0
3. Kwan 3.5
Hughes and Slutskaya finshed with 3.0 factored placements after both programs. By virtue of the 1.0 factored placement in the free program, Hughes wins the gold.