Men's figure skating seems to be one of the more popular, and controversial, of the Olympic winter sports, at least from where I'm sitting in Canada. It's been around longer than the Olympic Winter Games themselves, having first been included on the program at the 1908 games in London, since it can be done indoors.
Women like this sport. They like to watch it for the grace and elegance of the skaters. Plus some of them are hotties.
Not nearly as many guys will watch men's figure skating. At least not willingly. Yes yes, I know guys watch the sport. Just not as MANY. And some do only watch it because their SO makes them. It's how they get away with watching the hockey game.
It's controversial because it's an event where success is determined by a panel of judges, as opposed to most other sports where success is quantitative. It's hard to argue that you should have won when the other person was faster than you, or the other team scored more goals. It's a bit easier to say "the judges were biased."
Medal totals Gold Silver Bronze
United States 6 3 5
Russia 4 3 1
Sweden 4 2 1
Austria 3 3 2
Canada 0 4 3
Germany 1 2 0
Great Britain 2 0 0
Czechoslovakia 1 1 1
France 0 1 4
Norway 0 1 2
Switzerland 0 1 1
Belgium 0 0 1
Nagano, Japan. 1998
Lillehammer, Norway. 1994
Albertville, France. 1992
Calgary, Canada. 1988
Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. 1984
Lake Placid, United States. 1980
Innsbruck, Austria. 1976
Sapporo, Japan. 1972
Grenoble, France. 1968
Innsbruck, Austria. 1964
Squaw Valley, United States. 1960
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. 1956
- Russia Alexey Urmanov - Gold
- Canada Elvis Stojko - Silver
- France Philippe Candeloro - Bronze
Now this is what I call impressive. I bet their coaches were happy.
Oslo, Norway. 1952
St. Moritz, Switzerland. 1948
The 1940 and 1944 Winter Olympics, planned for Sapporo, Japan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, where canceled due to this little thing called World War II.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. 1936
Lake Placid, United States. 1932
St. Moritz, Switzerland. 1928
Chamonix, France. 1924
Antwerp, Belgium. 1920
London, England. 1908
- Sweden Gillis Gräfström - Gold
- Norway Andreas Krogh - Silver
- Norway Martin Stixrud - Bronze