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Winter Olympic Sports
       The Winter Olympics Sports are categorized into three main categories: (1) ice sports, (2) alpine, skiing and snowboarding events, and (3) Nordic events. In each of these sports categories there are more events. From the total of 15 sports, there were 86 individual events at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

First round of new Sochi 2014 events
       When the IOC met in April of 2011, there were a total of five new events added for Sochi 2014.
Figure Skating Team Event: (International Skating Union - ISU)

       The figure skating team event will feature teams made up of six skaters: one male skater, one female skater, one skating pair and one ice dance couple. Points are awarded to each skater/ couple. The team with the highest number of aggregate points is declared the winner. The figure skating team event will make its first appearance in January 2012 at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.
Source - Yahoo! Sports

What is the difference between ice/snow sports and ice sports?
       Ice sports include:
  • Traditional ice/snow sports - curling, bobsled, luge, skeleton, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon.

  • Traditional ice sports - ice hockey, speed skating, figure skating including Synchronized skating, Showcase/interpretive events, Theater On Ice.

       Team sports provide a positive influence on young athletes by teaching them valuable teamwork and leadership skills that will stay with them long after their skating days are over. Ice skating also includes team sports such as - curling, hockey, speed skating, synchronized team skating, and Theater-On-Ice.

Figure Skating provides alternatives to traditional ice team sports   
  • Hockey coaches stress that success is a team effort, but reality suggests that one or two star players can make a major difference on a team's winning percentage. In general, there is less emphasis on individual hockey players working on improving their skills compared to the emphasis coaches place on team drills and practice games so parents can see their son or daughter get playing time instead of sitting on the bench.

  • Speed Skating is largely a individual sport except for relay races, especially on the hand off of the baton between skaters.  Aggressive and smart skating are extremely important in short track events. The time watch measures the time off the block and stamina are important factors in long and short track events.

  • Synchronized Skating teams are constrained by the weakest skater on the team. Individual abilities defines the team's ability to perform more difficult team skating moves that are part of the program's choreography. Continuing to work on individual skating skills is a very high priority established by team coaches and choreographers.

  • Theater-On-Ice team choreographers have a lot of flexibility to choosing individuals whose free skating (jumping and spinning) abilities need to be reasonably well matched. Their ability to consistent perform the free skating elements and their primary direction of rotation are important factors.  Skaters of different ages and skill levels can be mixed together in one number.

  • Curling is a sport with specific positions that have different requirements. Individual skills may make an athletic more suited for one position than another. This sport is a mixture of individual skills, strategies of play, and the execution of putting the stones exactly where the skip has identified.

Recommended Reading:

Physical Education 7 - Beginning Team Sports Activities Core
Beginning Team Sports Activities is an entry-level course emphasizing beginner skills in a broad spectrum of activities in order to develop a foundation for future


College Club & Varsity Skating Teams

Aspiring To Achieve Elite Status

School Skating Clubs & Teams

Ice Sports & Activities


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Ice Sports
          Competitions for Basic Skills Skaters
PDF  Colleges with Intercollegiate Skating Clubs
PDF  Colleges with Synchronized Skating Programs
Skating Associations

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