SOCHI, Russia — Among the 12 new medal offerings on the Olympic program are team events in figure skating and luge.
Skating, which hasn’t had a new competition since ice dancing was added in 1976, is combining its four disciplines with one man, one woman, one pair, and one dance couple competing in both short and long programs.
Ten countries — the US, Canada, Russia, Japan, Germany, China, France, Ukraine, Italy, and Great Britain — qualified based on the results of last year’s World Championships and this season’s Grand Prix. The top five after the short program advance to the final, with the top three winning medals. The individual competitions in each event begin next week.
Points are awarded in descending order of placement, with the winner of each phase receiving 10. The points are added together from both segments for the four disciplines, with tiebreakers determining medalists if necessary.
The men and pairs competition began Thursday night while the women and dance events will be held Saturday evening along with the pairs free skate. Countries are allowed to make substitutions in two events before the long program, which benefits countries that have several entries in each individual discipline.
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