As much as some might like to think that figure skating is all about aesthetics and entertainment, the competition among athletes is fierce. Everyone is interested in showing something no one has seen with precision and skill that no one has achieved.
There have been some pretty impressive performances that bend the understanding of what one person alone can achieve on ice. Speaking of male figure skaters, an American named Nathan Chen holds the combined total score record and free skating score record. Chen is a very young (born in 1999) yet a very accomplished athlete. He is two-time world champion, two-time Grand Prix Final champion and three-time U.S. National Champion. His record scores stand at 323.42 for combined total and 216.02 for free skating. Short program, on the other hand, has Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu, another very accomplished figure skater, at the top with an impressive score of 110.53
In women’s category, the situation in terms of record distribution looks similarly. The score records for combined total and free skating belong to Alexandra Trusova with 241.02 and 166.62 respectively. She is the first lady ever to land three quadruples in ISU sanctioned international competition and first lady ever to land two quad jump and a triple jump combo in one program. She also holds the record for highest valued single jump among women skaters for her quadruple lutz with 14.72 points. Alena Kostornaia, another highly skilled Russian figure skater, holds the record for the short program with 85.04.
Here a pair of skaters from China, Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, has no equals. They have won numerous medals in competitions such as Grand Prix Final, they are two-time world champions and Four Continent competition champions. They both started their figure skating careers with no prior experience back in 2007 and were extremely inspired by Shen Xue and Hongbo Zhao having won the Olympics of 2010. Their short program score stands at 81.27, free skating – 155.60, and their combined total is an impressive number of 234.84.
This category also has clearly dominant figures, who are Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron from France. Together they are four-time world champions, five-time consecutive European champions, Grand Prix Final champions among many other accomplishments. They are widely known for their plasticity and balletic style. Their performances are inspired by modern dance and thus exhibit unique characteristics and in general they have been praised for the quality of their skating, all of which combined explain their success in conquering the world record ranks. Their rhythm dance score is 90.03, free dance score stands at 136.58 and the combined total comes down to 226.61.
Interestingly, if you take a look at the tables of the last 10 or 15 people to hold any specific world record, the same last names come up numerous times. For instance, in terms of men’s solo free skating program best scores, 8 out of 10 belong to either Nathan Chen or Yuzuru Hanyu, meaning that they have been dominating the world of figure skating for some time now and their ever-improving scores are a result of hard work, dedication and pushing oneself despite already having been at the very top, which are very admirable and very necessary qualities for athletes.