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Figure Skating Pair Events

        Historically there have been several figure skating pair events:
  • Mixed couples - male and female
  • Similar couples - two male or two females skating as a team
  • Fours -  two mixed couples skating in various formations
       Traditionally there are two different internationally recognized figure skating disciplines for couples (man and woman) to enter - Pairs Free Skating and Ice Dancing.  The adagio form of pair skating is considered too theatrical to be considered as a sport that would qualify as an event in the ISU World Figure Skating Championships or Winter Olympics.

ISU World Figure Skating Championships and Winter Olympics Pair Events -
       Pair skating consists of the following elements:
  • Individual technical elements performed solo
    • spins
    • jumps
    • footwork
  • Performance components
    • choreography
    • interpretation/artistic expression
    • skating skills
    • performance and execution
    • transitions
        A strong background in free skating, especially multi-revolution jumps, is highly recommended for anyone wishing to skate competitive in qualifying pair events.

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The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

   

PDF Judges Singles & Pairs Training Manual
         Figure Skating Pair Events
         Strategies for Pair Tests
PDF Single/Pair Elements Levels of Difficulty
PDF Pairs Free Skating
         Pair Test Requirements
         Pairs Competition Requirements
         Pair Test Level    
PDF
Pairs Events
         Pair Death Spirals
         Pair Lifts
         Pair Throws
         Pair Step Sequences
    

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