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Figure Skaters

Famous Olympic Figure Skaters
There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.

Famous Women Olympic Figure Skaters
This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.

1928, 1932, and 1936 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Sonja Henie
Sonja Henie is considered a figure skating legend and is also considered the first ice skating celebrity. She won gold at three different Olympics and is known for bringing ballet to the ice.

Barbara Ann Scott - 1948 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Barbara Ann Scott was the first Canadian to win a gold medal in Olympic figure skating.

Carol Heiss - 1960 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Carol Heiss won the Olympics in 1960. She also won a silver medal in 1956. This profile gives some highlights of her figure skating career.

1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Peggy Fleming
Peggy Fleming is the 1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She also was a world and U.S. National ladies figure skating champion. She was known for being both an athletic and graceful ice skater.

Janet Lynn - Ice Skating Legend
Janet Lynn was the United States National Figure Skating Champion from 1969 through 1973. She won an Olympic bronze medal in 1972.

1976 Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill
Dorothy Hamill won the 1976 Winter Olympics.

Debi Thomas - African American Figure Skating Champion and Legend
Debi Thomas is the only African American who ever won a medal in the Olympics in figure skating.

1984 and 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Katarina Witt
Katarina Witt is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She was known for being beautiful and athletic.

Elizabeth Manley - 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medaslist
At the 1988 Winter Olympics, figure skater, Elizabeth Manley, of Canada, skated the performance of her life. She won the long program. She was in third place after short program, came from behind and placed second overall. She almost won Olympic gold, but was delighted with her silver medal. After the 1988 Olympics, Manley became a Canadian celebrity.

Midori Ito - Japanese & World Figure Skating Champion & Olympic Silver Medalist
Japanese figure skating legend, Midori Ito, won the the 1989 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medal. She was also the first female figure skater to land a triple/triple jump combination and a triple Axel in competition.

1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi Yamaguchi won the 1992 Olympics. She also competed in pair skating with partner Rudy Galindo. In 1989, she became the first woman, in thirty-five years, to win two medals at the U.S. nationals.

Nancy Kerrigan - Olympic Ice Skater
Nancy Kerrigan is an ice skater who won a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics and a silver medal in the 1994 Olympics. She is also famous for being hit in the knee.

1994 Olympic Ice Skating Champion Oksana Baiul
Oksana Baiul, from the Ukraine, won the 1994 Olympics in women's figure skating.

1998 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Tara Lipinski
In 1998, Tara Lipinski won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating at age fifteen. She is youngest Olympic gold medalist in figure skating history.

Michelle Kwan - Figure Skating Legend
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.

2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Sarah Hughes
2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion, Sarah Hughes, was not expected to win the gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Shizuka Arakawa - Japan's First Ladies Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Shizuka Arakawa is the 2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She is Japan's first ever ladies figure skating Olympic Champion.

Famous Men Olympic Figure Skaters
This article lists some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.

Johnny Weir Photo
Have a look at a gallery picture of Weir in his grace.

2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Evgeni Plushenko
Russian male figure skater Evgeni Plushenko won the Gold Medal in the 2006 Olympics. His huge jumps dazzle audiences.

Elvis Stojko - Canadian and World Figure Skating Champion
Elvis Stojko won the Canadian figure skating title seven times. He also is a three-time world figure skating champion and a two-time Olympic figure skating silver medalist.

Paul Wylie - 1992 Men's Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist
Paul Wylie is the 1992 Olympic Men's Figure Skating Silver Medalist.

Kurt Browning - World Figure Skating Champion and TV Skating Commentator
Canadian figure skating champion Kurt Browning won the world figure skating championships four times. In recent years he has been known for being a television media commentator for figure skating. Browning also holds the record for being the first male ice skater to land a quadruple jump in competition.

Brian Boitano - Olympic Ice Skating Champion
Brian Boitano won the Olympics in 1988. His signature jump was the Tano triple lutz where he raised his left arm above his head. He was known for almost always skating perfectly.

Brian Orser - 1984 and 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist
Brian Orser won eight Canadian national figure skating titles and two Olympic silver medals. He is also the 1987 Men's World Figure Skating Champion.

1984 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton won the 1984 Olympics in figure skating.

1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion John Curry
John Curry was a British figure skater who won the gold medal at the Olympics in men's figure skating in 1976. He was known for bringing ballet to the ice.

Terry Kubicka - 1976 United States Men's Figure Skating Champion
Terry Kubicka won the U.S. Men's Figure Skating title in 1976. He is considered one of the greatest skaters in history. He was the first and last amateur figure skater to perform a back flip in competition and was the first male skater to do a triple lutz.

Dick Button - Olympic Champion and Figure Skating Television Commentator
Dick Button has been a figure skating commentator since 1962. He is figure skating's best known television analyst. He is also an Olympic ice skating champion.

Ulrich Salchow - The Inventor of the Salchow Jump and Olympic Champion
Ulrich Salchow invented a figure skating jump which is called the salchow. He was a Swedish ice skater and world and Olympic figure skating champion. Ulrich Salchow was a very important person in the sport of figure skating in the early part of the 20th Century.

Famous Olympic Pair Skaters
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.

Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov - Pair Skating Legends
Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov won two Olympic gold medals in pair skating. They were known for being creative and for being artistic on the ice. Their ballet style of pair skating changed the sport.

Irina Rodnina - Three Time Olympic Pair Figure Skating Champion
Ice skating legend, Irina Rodnina, is only pair skater who has won ten successive World Figure Skating titles and three successive Olympic gold medals.

Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner - Ice Skating Pair Champions
Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner began skating together in the 1960s. They continue to be figure skating stars.

1988 and 1994 Olympic Pair Skating Champions Gordeeva and Grinkov
Russian pair skaters Gordeeva and Grinkov won virtually every competition they entered. They won the Olympics in both 1988 and in 1994. They began skating together as children and married in 1991. Sergei died suddenly in 1995. Ekaterina Gordeeva continues to perform.

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao - Pair Skating Champions
Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao are the first pair skaters from China to win the world pair skating title.

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy
German Pair Skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy are the 2008 and 2009 World Pair Skating Champions.

Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang
View this amazing photo of the pair mid-spin. It shows how truly difficult this sport is.

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin
A photo of the pair from our gallery of left-of-center figure skating photos.

Famous Olympic Ice Dancers
Ice Dancing was included at the Winter Olympics for the first time in 1976. This is a list of some famous ice dancers in Olympic figure skating history.

Jim Sladky - Ice Dancing Champion
Jim Sladky and Judy Schwomeyer, an outstanding American ice dance team, demonstrated ice dancing at the Grenoble Olympics in 1968. That demonstration resulted in ice dancing becoming an Olympic event. Jim shares the story of his skating career in this article.

Colleen O'Connor and Jim Millns - 1976 Olympic Bronze Medalists
Colleen O'Connor and Jim Millns won a silver medal at the 1975 World Figure Skating Championships. Before 2006, they were the only ice dancing team in U.S. history to have won a medal at the Olympic Games in figure skating.

Judy Blumberg & Michael Siebert - United States Ice Dance Champions
Judy Blumberg and Michael Seibert won the ice dance title at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships five times. They were the 1983, 1984, and 1985 world ice dancing bronze medalists, and they placed 4th at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

1984 Olympic Ice Dance Champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won the Olympics in ice dancing in 1984. They are considered figure skating legends.

Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz
Canadian ice dancers, Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, were the first North Americans to win a World Championship in ice dancing.

Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon - Canadian Ice Dance Champions
Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon won the Canadian national ice dancing title in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto - Olympic Silver Medalists Ice Dancing
It has been said that Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto are the most outstanding ice dance team ever produced by the United States.

Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder - French Ice Dance Champions
An image of the pair from our gallery of amusing figure skating photos.

Kim Yu-Na - Korean Figure Skating Champion and World Figure Skating Champion
Korean figure skating champion Kim Yu-Na is the 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Champion and the 2009 World Figure Skating Champion.

Sasha Cohen - Olympic Figure Skating Medalist
Figure Skater Sasha Cohen won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics and she is the 2006 United States Figure Skating Ladies Champion.

Mao Asada - World and Japanese Figure Skating Champion
Mao Asada is the 2008 World Figure Skating Champion. She is also the 2007 and 2008 Japanese national figure skating champion.

Joannie Rochette - Canadian Figure Skating Champion
Five time Canadian National Figure Skating Champion Joannie Rochette is the 2009 world figure skating silver medalist, and the 2008 and 2009 Four Continents silver medalist. She also won the bronze medal at 2004 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

Evan Lysacek - 2006 Olympic Ice Skating Star
American figure skater Evan Lysacek performed a marvelous long program at the 2006 Olympics.

Patrick Chan - Canadian Figure Skatng Champion
Patrick Chan is the 2008 and 2009 Canadian Figure Skating Men's Champion and the 2009 Four Continents Champion.

Brian Joubert - French Figure Skating Champion
Brian Joubert is a French figure skater and champion. He also won the European Figure Skating Championships and the Grand Prix of Figure Skating. In 2007, he won the men's title at World Figure Skating Championships.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White - 2007 U.S. Ice Dance Bronze Medalists
Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White have had a successful skating career. After winning the United States Junior Ice Dancing title in 2006, they placed third in the 2007 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in 2007. That third place finish earned them a spot on the 2007 U.S. World Figure Skating Team.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - Canadian Ice Dance Champions
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the 2008 Canadian national ice dance title. They went on to win the 2008 Four Continents Championships and won a silver medal at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships. In 2006, they won the World Junior Ice Dance Championships.

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