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Figure Skating

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Skaters choreograph jumps, spins, footwork and interpretive moves to display their technical and artistic skills. Important aspects include change of pace, creativity and innovative maneuvers. Judges consider the difficulty of elements and how well skaters perform them, as well as the overall presentation.

Men and women have separate events. All athletes compete on a 60-by-30-meter ice surface.

Pairs must perform as a team throughout their performance, demonstrating exact unison and timing. Programs feature overhead lifts, throw jumps and spins, as well as original moves.

Ice Dancing
Unlike pairs skating that consists of lifts and throws, ice dancing is based on the aspects of dance. Partners must demonstrate rhythm, interpretation of the music and precise steps.