How Worlds influence Olympic spots

Olympic qualification in figure skating

This week in London, Canada will be held the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships, which will be also a qualifying event for the 2014 Winter Olympics. How its results will impact on who will compete in Sochi?

The number of skaters of each country at the Olympics is forming on the results of the World Championships, which take place a year before the Games. Additionally, the Olympians will be selected at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany this autumn.

There is no personal qualification for the Olympics in figure skating. During the Worlds, Olympic spots could be earned for a country and not for a specific athlete. The number of total spots depends on how the country performed, on places which took its skaters.

Later, the national figure skating federations together with national Olympic Committees decide who will represent the country at the Olympics. The host country, if it has not already qualified an entry in an event, is given one entry.

A maximum of 18 athletes can be entered by a national Olympic Committee. Moreover a maximum of three entries per event are permitted to compete. Every discipline (men’s singles, ladies singles, pair skating and ice dance) qualifies separately.

The multiple spots qualification to the Olympic Games from the Worlds is as follows:

Figure skating spots for Olympics
The results of the 2013 World Championships will determine 83 total spots: 24 entries in each singles discipline, 16 in pairs, and 19 in ice dance. The available spots were awarded going down the results list, with the multiple spots being awarded first.

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