Figure Skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics will consist of five distinct competitions: Men’s single skating, Women’s single skating, pair skating, ice dancing and team event.
Single Skating is comprised of a short program and a free skating program. The individual performance must include jumps, spins, steps, etc.
Pair Skating involves men and women skating in pairs to perform a series of maneuvers including throw jumps, overhead lifts, pair spins and death spirals.
Ice Dance consists of a couple dancing together across the ice, while performing intricate steps keeping beat with the music. Each skater cannot be away from their partner for 5 seconds or longer.
Team Event is a competition similar to a gymnastics team in that all disciplines are contested. A nation assembles its best skaters from each of the above disciplines and competes to earn points for their team.