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Get ready for Team Figure Skating: How it works!

For longtime figure skating fans, the team figure skating event debuting at the Sochi Olympics on Feb. 6, 8, and 9 is the best thing to happen since Ice Wars. Here’s how it works:

The competition begins Thursday with 10 countries. Each nation picks one man, woman, pairs team, and ice dancing couple to represent them in the short program/dance. To keep it interesting, points aren’t determined by adding their combined scores. There’s a ranking system: The top-scoring man earns 10 points for his country, the next highest man nine, and so on down the line. The top-scoring pairs team earns 10 points for their country, the next highest pair nine, and you get the picture. Then those points are combined from each of the four disciplines. The Top 5 countries move on to the free skate/dance, and each nation can make up to two substitutions in their lineup. READ FULL STORY

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