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A History of Skating’s 6.0

February 19, 2002

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Figure skating’s perfect mark of 6.0 dates to at least 1892, the year the International Skating Union was founded.

At the time, compulsory figures were traced on the ice three times with one skate, then three times with the other. Judges scored every tracing, awarding a maximum of a point for each one. Therefore, a maximum of six points was given for each figure.

The scale has evolved, but the system’s value has not. Skaters start with a 6.0, and deductions are taken for missed elements or mistakes.

The first Olympic figure skating competition took place at the 1908 Summer Games in London. The Winter Olympics began in 1924 in Chamonix, France.

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