Sochi 2014: A beginner's guide to the figure skating events
The sport in brief
The inclusion of a team competition for the first time means there are five events, all performed to music.
Each event comprises two segments: a short routine, in which skaters must perform set technical elements, and a longer, higher-scoring routine which allows more creative licence.
A panel of nine judges score on choreography and technical proficiency.
Britain has a fine history of figure skating Olympic medallists - but the key word is history. There will be British involvement in all events in Sochi bar the men's, with a top-10 finish the official target.
Most likely to achieve that are European bronze medal-winning ice dancers Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland.
South Korean superstar and defending ladies' champion Yuna Kim should end her career in style, while three-time world champion Patrick Chan wants a first Olympic gold.
Russia has a proud figure skating tradition - Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov could be their best hope of a gold.
What's new for Sochi 2014?
The team event makes its debut, and the ice dance has been streamlined from three routines to two.
Figure skating made its Olympic debut in 1908 - at the summer Games. Despite being a traditional winter sport, the International Olympic Committee approved its inclusion because it took place indoors.
It featured again in 1920 before making a permanent switch to the Winter Olympics in 1924.
Previous British medallists
Total: 15 (five gold, three silver, seven bronze)
Most recent gold: 1984; Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean, ice dancing
Most recent medal: Bronze in 1994; Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean, ice dancing