The French group of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, four-time world champions, are the massive favorites for gold in ice dancing, which started with the rhythm dance occasion on Saturday on Beijing.
Identical to the pairs determine skating occasion, the routines are carried out by a person and a girl, typically dancing hand in hand. However ice dancing strips down a number of the extra acrobatic parts of pairs skating, prohibiting spiraling jumps and high-flying lifts. Many have drawn comparisons to ballroom dancing.
Twenty-three groups are acting on Saturday, and 20 advance to the free skate on Monday in Beijing (Sunday evening in the USA). Scores from the 2 occasions will probably be mixed to find out the medal winners.