All four events consist of a short program (two minutes and 40 seconds) and a free skate, sometimes called the “long program” (max. 4:40 for men and 4:10 for women). Skaters are ranked on technical merit and artistic impression in a consensus vote by nine judges. Factored placements (FP) in the men's, women's and pairs' competitions are determined by multiplying the final short program rank by 0.5 (0.2 for 1st and 2nd compulsory dance and 0.6 for the original dance in ice dancing) and then adding that number to the final free skate.
Medal breakdown (4 events): Five medals—Russia (2-3-0); Three—United States (1-0-2); One—Canada (1-0-0), France (1-0-0), China (0-0-1) and Italy (0-0-1).
Other top 10 USA: 6th, Todd Eldredge (10.5); 7th, Michael Weiss (11.0).
*Canada's Sale & Pelletier placed second to Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze in the free skate, according to five of the event's nine judges, but were later awarded gold medals after French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne admitted to officials that she had been pressured to put the Russians first.
Top 10 USA: 5th, Kyoko Ina & John Zimmerman (7.5).
Tiebreaker: The skater with the lower free-skate factored placement (Hughes 1.0, Slutskaya 2.0) wins the gold.
Other top 10 USA: 4th, Sasha Cohen (5.5).
Best USA: 11th, Naomi Lang & Peter Tchernyshev (22.2).
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