Olympic winners Nathan Chen, Hanyu Yuzuru, and Papadakis/Cizeron, among others, can now relax and enjoy their sport. Find out everything there is to know about the final figure skating competition at the Beijing 2022 Olympics right here.
What is The Figure Skating Gala
Now is a good time to kick back and unwind. In spite of their stellar accomplishments at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, the figure skating team is leaving the People’s Republic of China.
After each major tournament, there is an exhibition gala where the skaters can wear anything they like and perform freely on the ice.
There is absolutely zero stress or pressure. Besides pride in presenting one’s finest self, nothing is at stake. So, unwind in the same way they did and read up on the Beijing 2022 Figure Skating Exhibition Gala.
Who will be Attending The Opening Night of The Exhibition?
The ice rink at the Capital Indoor Stadium will be open for all Olympic medal winners and their guests to let loose and have a good time.
Newly crowned Olympic ice dancing champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, as well as runners-up Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia and bronze medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States, will all be in attendance.
Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, as well as home favourites Wang Shiyie and Liu Xinyu, are just two of the five other duos that will be in attendance. The two-time Olympic champion and Beijing silver medalist from Japan, Hanyu Yuzuru, has announced that he will skate at the gala.
Nathan Chen, the man who eventually dethroned him as Olympic champion, will also be there, as will Kagiyama Yuma and Uno Shoma, both of whom won medals. Keegan Messing of Canada and Vincent Zhou of the United States, who both missed the men’s singles competitions due to Covid, will both be competing this time around.
In the women’s singles competition, the three medalists—17-year-old winner Anna Shcherbakova, her ROC colleague Alexandra Trusova, and Japan’s bronze medalist Sakamoto Kaori—will compete for the final time in Beijing.
You Young of Korea, American Alysa Liu, and Belgian Loena Hendrickx will also be competing. They placed sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively, at the Beijing 2022 Olympics (eighth). These are preliminary findings.
Olympic pairs skating champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China have expressed interest in doing a musical number at the next gala. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, who won a silver medal, are also one of the five competing pairs.
What Can We Hope To See During The Exhibition’s Gala?
The exhibition gala is a chance for the skaters to let loose and perform their own programmes without judgement from the judges. For instance, at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the sixth-placed Italian ice dance team of Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte performed to the subject of Charlie Chaplin.
Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek, two of their countrymen, sent us back in time with Barbie Girl to the 1990s. Spain’s bronze medalist at Pyeongchang, Javier Fernandez, brought the crowd back to the ’80s by transforming into ‘Super Javi.
During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, he taught an aerobics session, complete with costume changes and water squirts à la Flashdance. Skater Surya Bonaly of France, who placed fourth in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, attempted and landed a back flip, a manoeuvre that had previously been banned from competition.
Just what can we anticipate from Papadakis/Cizeron/co. this year?