Figure skating is the most popular sport during the Winter Olympics and has become a tradition since 1908.
The figure skating history started with the Dutch, it started when they skate across the ice formed in canals to reach every village in the area. It was a means of communication for them. Over the course of time, the practice started by the Dutch people spread all over England and it became commercialized. Since then, they built ice rinks, formed clubs and transformed into a phenomena all over the world, as evident today.
In 1908, the sport of figure skating was incorporated in the Winter Olympics but not the same with the way we see figure skating today. When it became an Olympic sport, it was not part of the Winter Olympics but surprisingly, in the Summer Olympics.
After sixteen years since it became part of the Olympics, it was transferred to the Winter Olympics. Before 1976, there were only three events namely, ladies’ singles, men’s singles and mixed pairs. The organizers added a fourth event for the figure skating competition, it was the ice dancing. For the 2014 Winter Olympics, a new event will excite the viewers, the mixed team joins the other four events to make it five.
History would say that in figure skating, USA holds the most number of medal count, they won forty-six medals and fourteen of them are gold. The second spot is for the countries of Russia and Canada, they both have twenty-two medals.
While the US holds the most number of medals won, the figure skater from Sweden, Gillis Grafstrцm holds the most number of gold medals. He won three gold medals consecutively during the 1922-1928 Olympics. For the ladies category, the lone person to match this record is Sonja Henie from Norway, she won during the 1928-1936 Olympics.
True enough, figure skating is a sport that has a rich and deep tradition.