This week in Japan, the third World Team Trophy will take place. The first event was contested in 2009 (the U.S. won gold) and held again in 2012 (the U.S. earned silver). It is similar to the new Team Event which will take place at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
World Team Trophy
Number of nations competing: Six – The top six nations from the current year are selected to compete in the event. These teams were determined by an ISU point system. They are Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia and USA.
Athletes per team: Eight – Each team is represented by two ladies, two men, one pair and one ice dancing couple.
Scoring: Points will be awarded based on each skater’s finishing position at the end of the event. The top singles skater will earn 12 points for their team after the overall scores are calculated following the free skate. The second place skater will earn 11 points, on down to the last-placed singles skater, who will earn one point for his/her team’s overall score. In pairs and dance, the top team will earn six points on down to the last place team, which will earn one point. Each of the point totals will be added together to determine the final team standings. After the short program, tentative points will be awarded for seeding, however, only the final placements after the free skate will count.
Prize: The six teams will split $1,000,000 USD with the first place team taking home $200,000 USD.
Olympic Team Event
When: The Olympic Figure Skating Team Event will begin Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, the day before the Opening Ceremonies, with the men’s and pairs short programs. It will continue on Saturday, Feb. 8, with the ladies short program and short dance and the pairs free. The event concludes with the men’s and ladies free skates and free dance on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Team Event will wrap up before any individual events commence.
Number of nations competing: 10 – Each team will compete in the short program/dance and the top five teams after that segment will move on to the free skate/dance. The 10 teams will be determined by an ISU point system.
Athletes per team: Six – Each team will perform one skate in the short program/dance and free skate/dance per discipline. Each team may, however, switch up to two entries from the short program/dance to the free skate/dance. For instance, a team may switch both of their singles skaters and have a different athlete skate the free skate than performed the short program, or one singles skater and one pair or ice dance couple or the pair and ice dance couple.
Athlete Selection: The participants must be selected from those already competing as individuals at the Olympics. (For Team USA, each athlete will submit their intent to compete, and if they do, which segments of the event they would like to take compete in, short, free or both.)
Scoring: Unlike World Team Trophy, each athlete will receive points after each skate. Points will be awarded after the short program/dance and free skate/dance based on finishing position. In the short program/dance, first place will be awarded 10 points, second place will be awarded nine points, on down to the last place who will earn one point. In the free skate/dance, first place will be awarded 10 points, second place will be awarded nine points, on down to last place, who will earn six points. The points from each segment and each discipline will be added together to determine the final standings.
Prize: Olympic glory. The team with the most points will earn a gold medal, second place will earn silver and third place will earn the bronze medal. Athletes who compete in at least one skate will receive a medal should their team place in the top 3.