Jan 25, 2022
Jan 25, 2022

Winter Olympics 2022: Figure skating preview

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics figure skating betting

2022 Winter Olympics figure skating preview

How will Japan's Hanyu perform?

Russian pair could land Ice Dance crown

Winter Olympics 2022: Figure skating preview

Inform your figure skating predictions ahead of the competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics with insight, analysis, and odds from Pinnacle.

The sport of figure skating initially made its debut at the 1908 Summer Olympic Games in London but has been part of the winter programme since the first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France back in 1924.

Since then, the sport has thrown up some memorable Olympic moments, with British fans fondly remembering the gold medal-winning performance from Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in the Ice Dance at the 1984 Games in Sarajevo.

That is one of five gold medals Great Britain have won in figure skating over the years, but it is the United States that are the most successful nation in the sport's Olympic history, picking up 15 golds and a total of 51 medals, 25 more than the second most successful country on the list, Russia.

Canada were the most decorated nation at the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, winning two gold medals in the Ice Dance and Team events, while the other golds were collected by athletes representing the Russian Olympic Committee, Japan, and Germany.

Like in 2018, figure skating will be split into five different events for the 2022 Games in Beijing, with individual Men's and Women's competitions, as well as Pair and Team events, focusing more on lifts, jumps and spins, while the Ice Dance competition is viewed more like ballroom dancing on ice.

The 2022 events will be spread across the entirety of the Games between February 4-20 and will be held at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, with the first gold medal up for grabs in the Team event on February 7.

The Men’s Singles will then take centre stage between February 8-10 before being followed by the Ice Dance and Women’s Singles, with the Pairs’ events then bringing the competition to a conclusion.

Hanyu eyeing a hat-trick of titles

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu is the two-time defending Olympic champion in the Men's Singles and he is expected to be the man to beat in Beijing after he ensured his qualification for the Games by winning the 2021-22 Japan Figure Skating Championships.

Hanyu had been a doubt for the Games after only recently recovering from an eight-month injury layoff, while his fellow qualifiers from Japan, Yuma Kagiyama and 2018 silver medal winner Shoma Uno, are also expected to challenge for the medals.

American Nathan Chen could well be the main rival to the Japanese trio.

American Nathan Chen could well be the main rival to the Japanese trio, as he looks to add to the Team bronze he won in PyeongChang.

Kamila Valieva is the favourite to win the Women's Singles and she underlined those credentials by triumphing in the always hotly contested Russian Figure Skating Championships by a record margin in December. The 15-year-old is undefeated in her first senior season in the sport, while compatriot Alexandra Trusova could be her main rival for gold at the Games. Great Britain will also have a competitor in the Women's Singles, with Scot Natasha McKay having qualified for her first Olympics at the age of 26.

Russian pair could land Ice Dance crown

Russian pair Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin could be among the gold medal favourites for the Ice Dance at the 2022 Olympics following their victory in the Russian Figure Skating Championships, while Japanese pair Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto also look strong. French duo Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are also back and will be looking to go one better than the silver medal they picked up in PyeongChang, while British duo Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson will be hoping to channel their inner Torvill and Dean.

The Pairs event was won by German duo Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot in 2018 and Minerva Fabienne Hase and Nolan Seegert will be looking to follow in their compatriots’ footsteps this time around. Chinese pair Sui Wenjing and Han Cong won silver in PyeongChang and could provide the host nation with their best medal hope in figure skating, while Peng Cheng and Jin Yang are the other qualifiers from China.

Canada were the gold medal winners in the Team event in 2018, but Japan, the Russian Olympic Committee, and the United States are likely to all be in the medal hunt in Beijing.

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