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8 Things you may not know about Olympic figure skating

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Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
SOCHI, RUSSIA (WFLA) -


1) Figure skating is the oldest discipline in the Olympic Winter Games.

2) In 1986, ice dancing was included in the Olympic program. It was previously only included as a demonstration sport.

3) A standard Olympic skating rink is 30 by 60 meters.

4) One of the most significant criteria in judging figure skating programs is how well a pair's movements mirror one another.

5) Ice dancing is the only discipline that allows the use of music with vocals.

6) Figure skaters need ice of the highest quality in the skating rink. The thickness of the ice over its entire surface should not vary by more than one half of a centimeter.

7) The Soviet/Russian figure skating team won all Olympic pairs skating competitions from 1969 to 2006.

8) During ice dancing competition, skaters must perform closely to the rhythm of the music while also expressing the character of the music using emotion and feeling.

This information was obtained from Sochi2014.com

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