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What is team figure skating?

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Team figure skating is an event in which the members of a team or nation's skating team, such as men's, women's, pairs and ice dancing, compete to score points in two programs each, with the team or nation scoring the highest number of points winning. The skaters who compete in the event are selected by the team or nation.

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Each skater or skating pair must compete in a short program and free skate for the particular discipline. Each team or nation is allowed to use up to two substitutions, meaning one skater can skate in the short program, while another can skate in the free skate. The event was a new event for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Russia claimed the first-ever Olympic team skating gold medal, while Canada took home the silver medal, and the United States claimed the bronze medal.

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