The new Olympic figure skating team event must make room to accommodate 10 nations’ worth of skaters watching their teammates compete.
With that in mind, there will be 10 kiss-and-cry areas at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“While ice rinks usually have only one area for ‘kiss-and-cry’ — the spangled histrionics that help make figure skating such great television — the Iceberg will have ’10 kiss-and-cry zones, one for each finalist team.'”
Ten nations will qualify for the figure skating team event. The medal contenders are thought to be the U.S., Canada, Japan and Russia.
The team event will begin the night before the Opening Ceremony with the pairs short program and the men’s short program. It will continue two nights later with the short dance, women’s short program and the pairs free skate.
That’s where it gets a little more complicated. The field will be narrowed from 10 to five after the short programs.
So, there will be 10 short dances and 10 women’s short programs, followed by a cut down to the top five teams, and then five pairs free skates on that Saturday night. (and, one could surmise, from 10 kiss-and-cry areas to five kiss-and-cry areas)
The team competition will conclude the next night, Sunday, Feb. 9, with the men’s free skate, free dance and women’s free skate.
Opinions mixed on figure skating team event
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Olympic Committee says eight of the country’s athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.
The brief statement from the ROC on Saturday did not give names or what disciplines the athletes were in, but said they came from three different sports.
It said further information would not be released until so-called “B samples” were tested that would confirm or contradict the retests.
U.S. Olympic track and field hopefuls compete in the biggest meet before the Olympic Trials at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
The premier annual international meet in the U.S., hosted at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, takes place five weeks before the U.S. Olympic Trials at the same venue.
The Pre Classic fields on Saturday include U.S. Olympic champions Justin Gatlin (100m), Dawn Harper-Nelson (100m hurdles), Aries Merritt (110m hurdles), LaShawn Merritt (400m) and Sanya Richards-Ross (400m).
International stars such as two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and Olympic 400m champion Kirani James of Grenada also dot the entry lists.
A full preview with start lists and highlight events to watch is here.
NBCSN will air live coverage Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. ET. NBC will air live coverage from 5-6 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all 2 1/2 hours.
LIVE STREAM: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30-6 p.m. ET