Every year, football fans across the country have the opportunity to root for the team of their choice in their favorite sport’s biggest event – the Super Bowl. Figure skating fans only get this opportunity every four years, when the Winter Olympics roll around. While there are figure skating nationals every year, they do not get the same coverage or hype as the Olympics.
American Figure Skater Gracie Gold (Credit: Google Images)
After watching Nationals this past January, I was anxious to see which skaters made the Olympic team. Unlike many sports, where there is a “winner-take-all” system, the judges who pick the Olympic figure skating team look at a skater’s body of work from the entire season, and how skaters have improved from previous seasons – which means the top three skaters or pairs in each event (men’s, ladies’, pairs, and ice dance) who place at nationals don’t automatically qualify to the Olympic team.
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