The Ice Sport events in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics include the bobsled, luge, skeleton, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, short track speed skating and curling.

The following is an overview of the ice sport events.

Bobsleigh

The bobsleigh competition will be held at Whistler Sliding Centre between February 20th (day 9) and February 27th (day 16).

One hundred and seventy athletes are allowed to compete in accordance with the International Olympic Committee and the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT). This includes 130 for two-man and four-man bobsleigh (30 teams for each type of men's bobsleigh) , and 40 for two-woman bobsleigh (20 teams). Canada has two teams in the two-man, four-man and two-woman bobsleigh.
  • Day 9 - Two-Man Heats 1 and 2
  • Day 10 - Two-Man Heats 3 and 4
  • Day 12 - Women Heats 1 and 2
  • Day 13 - Women Heats 3 and 4
  • Day 15 - Four-Man Heats 1 and 2
  • Day 16 - Four-Man Heats 3 and 4

Discuss in Digital Home's Bobsleigh discussion thread .

Curling

The curling competition will be held at Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre in Vancouver. It will be the fifth time that Curling is on the Olympic program, after having been staged in 1924, 1998, 2002 and 2006. The competition will follow the same format that was used during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, with 10 teams playing a round robin tournament, from which the top four teams will advance to the semi-finals.

Ten Countries in the mens competition include: Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United States.

Ten Countries in the mens competition include: Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United States.

Curling begins on February 16th and ends on February 27th.

Discuss in Digital Home's Olympic Curling discussion thread .

Figure skating

The figure skating competition will be held at Pacific Coliseum between February 14 and 27, 2010. It will be the 23rd edition of the figure skating event at the Olympics, and the 21st edition at the Winter Olympics.

Four figure skating events will be held at Vancouver: Men, Ladies, Pairs and Ice dancing. Competitions begin on Sunday February 14th (Day 3) and finish on February 25th (Day 14) with an exibition gala on February 27th.

To qualify, skaters must be older than fifteen as of July 1, 2009 and must be a citizen of the country they represent to be eligible for the Olympic Games. Unlike qualification rules for International Skating Union events, in the case of a pair or ice dancing team, both skaters must be citizens of the country they represent in competition. In addition, International Olympic Committee rules requires that at least three years have passed since the competitor last represented another country in competition.
  • Day 3 - Pairs Short Program
  • Day 4 - Pairs Free Skating
  • Day 5 - Men Short Program
  • Day 7 - Men Free Skating
  • Day 8 - Ice Dancing Compulsory Dance
  • Day 10 - Ice Dancing Original Dance
  • Day 11 - Ice Dancing Free Dance
  • Day 12 - Ladies Short Program
  • Day 14 - Ladies Free Skating
  • Day 16 - Exhibition Gala

Discuss in Digital Home's Figure Skating discussion thread .

Hockey

Ice hockey will be held at Canada Hockey Place, home of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks, and at UBC Winter Sports Centre, home of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport's UBC Thunderbirds.

For the first time, Olympic games will be played on a narrower, NHL-sized ice rink, measuring 61x26 meters (200x85 feet), instead of the international size of 60x30 meters (200x98.5 feet).

This will also be the first Olympics in which the four-official system, with two referees and two linesmen, will be used during the men's tournament, however, for the women's tournament, the IIHF still plans to only use the standard three-official system with one referee and two linesmen.

Game begin Feb 13th and finish Feb 28th.

Mens

Twelve teams will compete in the men's ice hockey tournament. The twelve teams in the men's event will be split into three groups of four teams. Group A: Canada, United States, Switzerland and Norway. Group B: Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia. Group C: Sweden, Finland, Belarus, Germany.

Following the completion of the preliminary round, all teams will be ranked 1 through 12 based on points. The top four ranked teams will receive byes to the quarterfinals, with the remaining eight teams playing for the remaining four quarterfinal positions. Following that, the final 8 teams will compete in a playoff to determine the gold medalist. Each team is allowed to have 20 skaters (forwards and defensemen) and two or three goaltenders, all of whom must be citizens of the country they represent.

Discuss in Digital Home's Men's Hockey discussion thread .

Women

A total of eight national teams will compete in the women's ice hockey tournament. Group A: Canada, Sweden, Switzeland, Slovakia. Group B: United States, Finland, Russia, China.

The eight teams will be split into two divisions of four teams and each team will play three preliminary games. Following the completion of the preliminary round, the top two teams from each division will advance to the medal round and compete in a playoff to determine the gold medalist. The other four will play classification games. Each team is allowed to have between 15 and 18 skaters (forwards and defensemen) and two goaltenders

Discuss in Digital Home's Women's Hockey discussion thread .

Luge

The luge competition will be held at Whistler Sliding Centre. The events will be held between February 13th (day 2) and 17th (day 6).

110 athletes will be allowed to take part in accordance with the International Olympic Committee and the International Luge Federation. This include 40 for men's singles, 30 for women's singles, and 20 doubles teams (40 athletes total). The 110 athlete maximum was set for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and repeated for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Each NOC can enter up to 10 athletes (3 men's single, 3 women's single and 2 doubles).
  • Day 2 - Men Heats 1 and 2
  • Day 3 - Men Heats 3 and 4
  • Day 4 - Women Heats 1 and 2
  • Day 5 - Women Heats 3 and 4
  • Day 6 - Doubles Heats 1 and 2

Discuss in Digital Home's Luge discussion thread .

Short track speed skating

The short track speed skating competition will be held at Pacific Coliseum. The events will be held between February 13th (day 2) and 26th (day 15).

A total of eight short track speed skating events will be held: Mens and Womens 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m and 5,000m relay.
  • Day 2 - 500m Women Heats, 3,000m Relay Women Heats, 1,500m Mens final
  • Day 6 - 1,000m Men Heats, 5,000m Relay Men Heats, 500m Women Final
  • Day 9 - 1,500m Women Final, 1,000m Men Final
  • Day 13 - 1,000m Women Heats, 500m Men Heats, 3,000m Relay Women Final
  • Day 15 - 500m Men final, 1,000m Women final, 5,000m Relay Men Final

Discuss in Digital Home's Short track speed skating discussion thread .

Skeleton

The skeleton competition will be held at Whistler Sliding Centre. The two events - mens and womens - will be held on February 18th and 19th (days 7 and 8)

50 athletes are allowed to compete in accordance with the International Olympic Committee and the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT). This includes 30 for the men's event and 20 for the women's event.

Day 7 - Women Runs 1-2, Men Runs 1-2
Day 8 - Women Runs 3-4, Men Runs 3-4

Discuss in Digital Home's Skeleton discussion thread .

Speed skating

The speed skating competition will be held at Richmond Olympic Oval between February 13th (day 2) and February 16th (day 16).

A total of twelve speed skating events will be held: Mens and Womens 500m, Mens and Womens 1,000m, Mens and Womens 1,500m, Womens 3,000m, Mens and Womens 5,000m, Mens 10,000m and Mens and Womens team pursuit.
  • Day 2 - 5,000m Men
  • Day 3 - 3,000m Women
  • Day 4 - 500m Men
  • Day 5 - 500m Women
  • Day 6 - 1,000m Men
  • Day 7 - 1,000m Women
  • Day 9 - 1,500m Men
  • Day 10 - 1,500m Women
  • Day 12 - 10,000m Men
  • Day 13 - 5,000m Women
  • Day 15 - Team Pursuit Men and Women Heats
  • Day 16 - Team Pursuit Men and Women finals

Discuss in Digital Home's Speed skating discussion thread .

TV Coverage

In Canada, English language Olympic programming will appear on CTV, TSN, SportsNet, RDS, Omni, and ATN. Click here for Canadian tv listings or consult your cable or satellite providers Interactive program guide.

In the U.S., Olympic programming will appear on NBC,MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network, Universal HD and Universal Sports. Click here for U.S. listings or consult your cable or satellite providers Interactive program guide.

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