Figure Skating at the 1908 Summer Olympics

The 1908 Olympic Games contained events in figure skating for both men and women. Pre-dating the first Olympic Winter Games by 16 years, these were the first Winter Olympic events contested at the Modern Olympic Games.

This was the first time that an international figure skating competition saw men, women, and pairs compete at the same event. In addition, a fourth event, “Special Figures” was also held. This event never again appeared on the Olympic program but basically consisted of the school figures as a separate event.

Figure skating would not return to the Olympics until 1920 in Antwerp, as it was not held in 1912 at Stockholm.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Singles, Men Olympic 28 – 29 October 1908 9 5
Special Figures, Men Olympic 29 October 1908 3 2
Singles, Women Olympic 28 – 29 October 1908 5 3
Pairs, Mixed Olympic 29 October 1908 6 2
21 (14/7) 6 (6/3)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles, Men Ulrich SalchowSWE Richard JohanssonSWE Per ThorénSWE
Special Figures, Men Nikolay PaninRUS Arthur CummingGBR Geoffrey Hall-SayGBR
Singles, Women Madge SyersGBR Elsa RendschmidtGER Dorothy Greenhough-SmithGBR
Pairs, Mixed GermanyGER Great Britain 1GBR Great Britain 2GBR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Great Britain GBR 1 2 3 6
Sweden SWE 1 1 1 3
Germany GER 1 1 0 2
Russian Federation RUS 1 0 0 1