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Ice skating

Ice skating

In some ways the equivalent of gymnastics in a snowy setting, skating is split into figure skating and ice dancing.

At the Games in 2002 the pairs figure skating ended controversially, prompting a change in the judging rules for the 2006 event.

Ice dancing is a slightly more gentle and graceful version of skating, while figure skating involves more jumps and spins.

In figure skating, skaters tend to have two attempts or programmes in which to impress the judges.

In ice dancing they have three programmes.

Figure skaters compete in singles and pairs events, whilst ice dancing is only a pairs event.

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