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These Pictures Show Just How Intense Figure Skating Really Is

Style, elegance, and sheer backbreaking intensity!

Posted on February 21, 2018, at 4:49 p.m. ET

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China's Yu Xiaoyu competes in the pair skating short program Feb. 14.

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Japan's Ryuichi Kihara and Miu Suzaki compete in the pair skating free skating program Feb. 11.

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Adam Rippon of the United States performs his routine during the men's free skating program Feb. 12.

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Turkey's Alper Ucar and Alisa Agafonova compete in the ice dance free dance Feb. 20.

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Russia's Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro compete in the ice dance free dance Feb. 20.

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Russia's Kristina Astakhova and Alexey Rogonov compete in the pair skating free skate Feb. 15.

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Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the US fall during the ice dance free dance final Feb. 20.

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Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir compete in the ice dance free dance Feb. 12.

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Italy's Anna Cappellini competes in the ice dance short dance Feb. 19.

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Jin Boyang of China competes during the men's single skating short program Feb. 16.

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Germany's Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot compete in the pair skating short program Feb. 9.

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Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje compete in the ice dance free dance Feb. 20.

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Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain compete in the ice dance free dance final Feb. 20.

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Aimee Buchanan of Israel performs her routine during the women's short program Feb. 11.

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Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin of South Korea perform during the ice dance short dance competition Feb. 19.

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Russia's Alina Zagitova competes in the women's single skating short program Feb. 21.

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Adam Rippon of the United States competes in the men's single free skating Feb. 12.

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Shoma Uno of Japan competes during the men's single free skating program Feb. 17.

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