Who Won 2002 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Gold Medals?
Wondering who won the 2002 Winter Olympics figure skating gold medals? Here you go. Held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 2002 Winter Olympics hosted four figure skating medal events: ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. Here's a look at who won the gold medals for each of these events.
Men's Figure Skating
At age 21, Alexei Yagudin of Russia won the gold medal. Since winning the gold medal, he turned professional and began touring with Stars on Ice, Ice Wars and World Team Challenge.
Women's Figure Skating:
Sarah Hughes of the United States won the gold medal at age 16, stunning the skating world. Michelle Kwan, also of the United States, was favored to win gold but struggled during her routine and ended up winning the bronze medal. Sarah turned professional in 2005 and in 2009, received a bachelor's degree from Yale University in American Studies.
Russia's Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze were initially award the gold medal. However, controversy erupted over a judging scandal. The Russian skaters made several errors during their routine, while Canadian pair Jamie Sale and David Pelletier executed their routine flawlessly. A few days later, after some deliberation, Canada's silver medalists Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were also awarded gold medals. After the 2002 Olympics, all four skaters turned professional.
Ice dancing pairs Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat received the gold medal in this event. Prior to 2002, France had not won a gold medal in figure skating since 1932. Both skaters turned professional following the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and skate in the Champions on Ice tour.