South Korea Qualifies For The Figure Skating Team Event At PyeongChang

Jessica Ko, Jan. 15, 2018, 10:11 a.m.

South Korea has qualified for the figure skating team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the organizing committee of the Olympics said on Friday. The country was 10th on the International Skating Union's list of 10 qualifying countries.

In the team event, which was first introduced at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, countries are ranked according to total points scored in the men's singles, women's singles, pairs and ice dance.

The ISU selects the qualifiers for the team event based on a country's points at major international events. A country must qualify in three of four individual events. 

South Korea ranked 11th in points, but ninth-place Spain was ineligible as it only qualified in the men's singles and ice dance. South Korea qualified in the men's and women's singles and ice dance. As a result, South Korean pair Kim Kyu-eun and Kam Kang-chan became eligible to perform at Pyeongchang.

However, the North Korean figure skating pair of Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik are likely to be granted a wild-card slot by the International Olympic Committee. If the two Koreas participate in the Olympics as a unified team, the Kim and Kam pair will not be able to compete.

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