Figure skating at the 1908 Summer Olympics

In the IV Summer Olympics in London in 1908 four competitions were held in figure skating. This took place in the Knightsbridge district in Prince's Skating Club. It was the first time ever that a winter sport was included in the program of the Olympic Games, 16 years before the first Winter Games in Chamonix.

Medal Tally



Date: October 28 and 29

At the start, there were nine runners from five countries. The competition consisted of two parts: In the compulsory seven different figures had to be run, which had to be repeated three times per foot. The freestyle on the following day took five minutes.

There was a controversy to entwine the various stories. Nikolai Panin maintained while the duty of Ulrich Salchow to be personally been verbally attacked, which led to an unsuccessful protest of the Russian Federation. At a second unsuccessful protest came when translated two of five judges Panin in the duty in the first place, but not three.

Quote Panin. " The compilation of the judges was unfortunate for me, since among them were two Swedes, a friend Salchows from Austria by the name of hills, and Wendt from Germany and Sanders from Russia - all in all five judges Wendt and Sanders put me was the duty in the first place, the Swede Grenander to second place, nine points behind Salchow and 23 points ahead of Sweden's Per Thorén, the third after compulsory. , but the other judges, the Swede Herle and Salchows friend hills put me to fourth place. they fulfilled their duty to ruin me, because it was decided according to the rules at the time of the victory by the smallest number of square numbers. "

The Russians felt wronged, resigned in protest at not more for freestyle and left the reigning world champion Ulrich Salchow without a fight to win. The silver and bronze went to Sweden to Richard Johansson and Per Thorén. Johansson had Salchow, who had run out a big lead in the duty to closely beaten in the freestyle.

Z = Withdrawn

Special characters gentlemen

Date: October 29,

For this competition, which was held at the Olympic Games only once, three participants were reported. Goal in the discipline special characters was to "draw" pre-established symmetrical figures as accurately as possible and artfully with the runners into ice. Each participant was able to report a week before the competition four freely selected characters to the arbitral tribunal, of which two were then run.

Nikolai Panin won in its domain, clearly ahead of the British Arthur Cumming and George Hall -Say. It was the first Olympic gold medal for Russia. Ulrich Salchow had canceled his participation in this competition due to alleged illness.


Date: October 28 and 29

At the start there were five runners from three countries. The competition was in two parts: In the mandatory six different characters had to be run, which had to be repeated three times per foot. The freestyle on the following day took four minutes.

In the absence of Lily Kronberger and Jenny heart had the first world champion in history, Madge Syers to be no difficulty in the first figure skating Olympic champion. Elsa Rend Schmidt from the German Empire won the silver medal and the British Dorothy Greenhough -Smith the bronze medal.

Elsa Schmidt Rend silver medal was the first Olympic medal for a German woman.


Date: October 29,

At the start were three couples. Was asked a freestyle for five minutes, which should not contain mandatory elements as possible.

Anna Hubler and Heinrich Burger from the German Empire were the first Olympic champion in pair skating. Madge Syers, who had already won the individual race gold, won with her husband Edgar Syers the bronze medal behind their compatriots Phyllis Johnson and James H. Johnson. Syers is the only woman to have won two medals in figure skating at one and the same Olympics.

Anna Hubler was the first German woman who became Olympic champion.