Figure Skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Dates 9 – 21 February 2002
Medal Events 4

Held at the Salt Lake Ice Center, the 2002 figure skating program had no significant changes from the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics. There were still four events – men, women, pairs, and dance – with overall placements determined by factored placements of majority placements in each of the phases of each event. There were still nine judges giving two scores for each phase – technical merit and artistic impression for the singles events. But after Salt Lake, figure skating would never be the same again. More details of this will be found in the description of the pairs event for 2002. But in that event, after the short program the Canadian couple of Jamie Salé and David Pelletier trailed the Russian pair of Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze. It appeared that the Canadians skated cleaner, but the judges awarded the title to Berezhnaya and Sikhularidze, And then things got really interesting. It turned out that the French judge had set up a quid pro quo with the Russian judge, offering her “votes” in return for the Russians supporting the French ice dance couple. Because of the controversy, the pairs’ event was declared to have co-champions and both Salé/Pelletier and Berezhnaya/Sikhularidze were given gold medals. And the International Skating Union (ISU) was forced to take steps to change the judging and scoring system, to try to prevent bribery and corruption in the future. Before the 2006 Winter Olympics, figure skatings’ time-honored scoring system of perfect 6.0, with majority placements, would no longer exist at all.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Singles, Men Olympic 12 – 14 February 2002 28 20
Singles, Women Olympic 19 – 21 February 2002 27 19
Pairs, Mixed Olympic 9 – 11 February 2002 40 12
Ice Dancing, Mixed Olympic 15 – 18 February 2002 48 17
143 (72/71) 31 (28/28)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles, Men Aleksey YagudinRUS Yevgeny PlyushchenkoRUS Timothy GoebelUSA
Singles, Women Sarah HughesUSA Irina SlutskayaRUS Michelle KwanUSA
Pairs, Mixed Russian Federation 1
Canada 1
People's Republic of China 1CHN
Ice Dancing, Mixed France 1FRA Russian Federation 1RUS Italy 1ITA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russian Federation RUS 2 3 0 5
United States USA 1 0 2 3
Canada CAN 1 0 0 1
France FRA 1 0 0 1
Italy ITA 0 0 1 1
People's Republic of China CHN 0 0 1 1