Men's Figure Skating

When it comes to Men’s Figure Skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics it seems to be Evgeni Plushenko against the field.

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According to vancouver2010.com, in this event, skaters must complete both a short program (maximum 2 minutes 50 seconds) of required steps, jumps, spins and combinations, and a longer free skating program (4 minutes for ladies, 4 minutes 30 seconds for men), both set to music. The free skate — worth two-thirds of a skater’s final score — allows the athletes to demonstrate their creativity, innovative moves and technical difficulty.

Pleshenko, the defending Olympic champion, is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as the men’s figure skating champion.

Plushenko has odds of 4/9 to win the gold medal in this event according to online sports book Sportsbook.com. Other short odds to win are Evan Lysacek (8/1) and Stephane Lambiel (10/1).

Plushenko competes for Russia and won the 2006 Olympic gold while taking the silver in the 2002 Olympics. Plushenko took three years off from competition before returning in 2009 and eventually winning the European Championships for a sixth time.

Lysacek competes for the United States and he was fourth in the 2006 Olympic games. He was the 2008-09 world champion for men’s figure skating and he recently finished second in the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Lambiel competes for Switzerland and was the 2005 world champion and the 2006 Olympic silver medalist. He recently won the Swiss Championships.

The 2010 Winter Olympics take place from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and began on Friday, Feb. 12. They will be concluding on Sunday, Feb. 28. For complete odds on which athlete will win men’s figure skating, see below.

Odds to win Men’s Figure Skating at 2010 Winter Olympics

Evgeni Plushenko (RUS) 4/9 

Evan Lysacek ( USA) 8/1

Stephane Lambiel (SUI) 10/1  

Daisuke Takahashi (JAP) 12/1

Brian Joubert (FRA) 12/1 

Patrick Chan (CAN) 12/1 

Nobunari Oda (JAP) 12/1 

Jeremy Abbott ( USA) 14/1  

Przemyslaw Domanski (POL) 16/1  

Johnny Weir ( USA) 22/1 

Michael Brezina (CZE) 33/1

Kevin van der Perren (BEL) 40/1 

Stefan Lindemann (GER) 40/1

Samuel Contesti (FRA) 50/1

Takahiko Kozuka (JAP) 50/1  

Yannick Ponsero (FRA) 66/1  

Tomas Verner (CZE) 66/1 

Vaughn Chipeur (CAN) 80/1 

Artem Borodulin (RUS) 80/1  

Adrian Schultheiss (SWE) 125/1 

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Posted: 2/13/10 7:37PM ET

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