About the Sport

Grace, poise and athleticism define one of the most spectacular of winter sports, with figure skating seen as a showpiece discipline at any Olympic Winter Games.

There are five Olympic figure skating events: ladies singles, men’s singles, pairs, ice dancing and the newly introduced event for the 2014 Olympics – the team event

Figure skating actually made its Olympic debut at the Summer Games of London 1908 and appeared later at the Antwerp 1920 Games. It became an official Olympic Winter Games sport at the inaugural Winter Games in Chamonix 1924.

Team GB have collected 13 Olympic figure skating medals since 1908 and perhaps none more famous than Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s gold medal success at Sarajevo 1984.