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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear of figure skating? Individuals, pairs, and groups of talented skaters gliding gracefully across ice, putting up a remarkable display of their skills for the onlookers! Figure skating is a popular winter sport; in fact it was the first winter sport included in the Olympics, in 1908. It is a fascinating sport to watch, with the skaters performing spectacular spins, moves, jumps, lifts, and spirals in the field. While the history of figure skating stretches back to prehistoric times, American skater Jackson Haines is often regarded as the first skater to incorporate ballet and dance movements into his skating, thus heralding in the era of modern figure skating in the mid-19th century. In the early 20th century, Ulrich Salchow, a Swede skater, dominated the sport by winning the World Figure Skating Championships ten times. Fast forward a few decades, and the sport had become one of the most glamorous in the sporting world. The skaters who popularized ice skating in the later part of the 20th century included the likes of Hayes Alan Jenkins, David Jenkins, Tenley Albright, Donald Jackson, and Carol Heiss. Read on to know more about famous figure skaters from all over the world.
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Yuzuru Hanyu
(One of the Greatest Figure Skaters in History)
Yuzuru Hanyu
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Birthdate: December 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sendai, Japan

Yuzuru Hanyu is a Japanese figure skater. Considered one of the greatest male figure skaters of all time, Hanyu became only the second figure skaters ever to receive two successive Olympic gold medals; he achieved this feat in 2014 and 2018. He also won the 2020 Four Continents Championships, becoming the only male singles skater to accomplish a Super Slam.

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Nancy Kerrigan
(American Former Figure Skater and Olympic Silver Medalist )
Nancy Kerrigan
292
Birthdate: October 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stoneham, Massachusetts, United States
Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is best known for her 1993 U.S. Figure Skating Championship win. She has also won medals at the 1991 and 1992 World Championships and the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics. She was attacked and injured by a man hired by her rival Tonya Harding’s former husband. 
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Tessa Virtue
(Ice dancer)
Tessa Virtue
387
Birthdate: May 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, Canada
Canadian former ice dancer Tessa Virtue is a two-time Olympic champion and a three-time world champion, with her dance partner Scott Moir. She has also won the Canadian national championship eight times. Virtue and Moir are the only winners of the Career Super Grand Slam in ice-dance history.
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Tara Lipinski
(Figure Skater)
Tara Lipinski
441
Birthdate: June 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Michelle Kwan
(Figure skater)
Michelle Kwan
399
Birthdate: July 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States
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Evgenia Medvedeva
(Former Competitive Russian Figure Skater)
Evgenia Medvedeva
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Birthdate: November 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Evgenia Medvedeva is a Russian figure skater who has won two silver Olympic medals, two World Championship gold medals, and two European Championship gold medals. At the 2017 World Championships, Medvedeva became the first 16-year-old female skater after Michelle Kwan to win back-to-back world titles. Evgenia Medvedeva is also the first skater to achieve two Grand Slams in a row. 

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Dorothy Hamill
(Figure Skater)
Dorothy Hamill
171
Birthdate: July 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Dorothy Hamill is a retired figure skater whose efforts gave the United States of America an Olympic gold at the 1976 Winter Olympics. Despite suffering from chronic depression for much of her adult life, Dorothy Hamill served as a mentor to Rachael Flatt, who won the gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

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Mao Asada
(Figure skater)
Mao Asada
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Birthdate: September 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meito Ward, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
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Scott Moir
(Ice Dancer, Figure skater)
Scott Moir
403
Birthdate: September 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
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Nathan Chen
(Figure skater)
Nathan Chen
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Birthdate: May 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salt Lake City
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Jayne Torvill
(Ice Dancer)
Jayne Torvill
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Birthdate: October 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clifton, England
Jayne Torvill is a celebrated professional English ice dancer whose gold medal-winning performance with Christopher Dean at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics became a talking point worldwide. With Dean, she won the World Professional Championship five times and the Challenge of Champions title thrice. The top-scoring figure skating pair also starred in the television series Dancing on Ice.
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Ekaterina Gordeeva
(Figure skater)
Ekaterina Gordeeva
157
Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Sergei Grinkov
(Fgure skater)
Sergei Grinkov
164
Birthdate: February 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 20, 1995
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Kristi Yamaguchi
(Figure skater)
Kristi Yamaguchi
181
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States
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Oksana Baiul
(Figure Skater)
Oksana Baiul
161
Birthdate: November 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine
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Katarina Witt
(Figure skater)
Katarina Witt
163
Birthdate: December 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Staaken, Berlin, Germany
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Alina Zagitova
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Alina Zagitova
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Birthdate: May 18, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Izhevsk, Russia

Alina Zagitova is a Russian figure skater who has won one gold medal each in Olympic Games, World Figure Skating Championships, European Figure Skating Championships, and Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final; she is the only female figure skater from Russia to have achieved this feat. At the 2019 Glamour Russia Awards, Alina Zagitova was named Sportswoman of the Year.

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Christopher Dean
(Ice dancer)
Christopher Dean
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Birthdate: July 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England
British ice dancer Christopher Dean is best known for his 1984 Winter Olympics gold-medal-winning performance with his skating partner Jayne Torvill. The duo won a bronze at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Dean is also four-time World Championship winner and a six-time British Champion. He inspired the biopic Torvill & Dean.
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Tonya Harding
(American Former Figure Skater)
Tonya Harding
168
Birthdate: November 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

American figure skater, Tonya Harding, was the 1991 and 1994 US champion but her 1994 title was taken away after a controversy erupted regarding her ex-husband. He was charged with planning an attack on a rival American skater, Nancy Kerrigan. Tonya Harding was banned for life by the US Figure Skating Association after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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Yulia Lipnitskaya
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Birthdate: June 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yulia Lipnitskaya stunned her fans with the news of her retirement at the tender age of 19. Apparently, she had been struggling with injuries and anorexia. The Russian professional figure skater won an Olympic gold at 15, thus becoming the youngest Russian gold medalist in history.

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Yuna Kim
(Figure Skater)
Yuna Kim
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Birthdate: September 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucheon-si, South Korea
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Scott Hamilton
(Retired American Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Scott Hamilton
390
Birthdate: August 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Known for his innovative footwork sequences, Scott Hamilton is a retired figure skater, credited with imbibing an air of athleticism into men’s figure skating. Remembered for winning four consecutive U.S. championships and four World Championships between 1981 and 1984, topping his feat with a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, he later co-founded Stars on Ice—a touring figure skating show—and authored three books.

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Brian Boitano
(American figure skater)
Brian Boitano
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Birthdate: October 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mountain View, California, United States
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Johnny Weir
(Figure Skater Known for Being ‘A Very Lyrical Skater’ and ‘An Entertaining Artisan')
Johnny Weir
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Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coatesville, Pennsylvania, United States

American figure skating champion Johnny Weir is also a two-time Olympian and has several medals in his kitty, including a bronze in the 2008 World Championship. The son of a nuclear engineer father, he was a skilled equestrian before he began training in skating at 12.

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Sasha Cohen
(Figure skater)
Sasha Cohen
139
Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Westwood, California, United States
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Dick Button
(Actor, figure skater)
Dick Button
124
Birthdate: July 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
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Meryl Davis
(Ice dancer)
Meryl Davis
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Birthdate: January 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
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Sonja Henie
(Norwegian Figure Skater, Actress and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Sonja Henie
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Birthdate: April 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: October 12, 1969
Sonja Henie wasn’t just a 3-time Olympic champion in figure skating but also proved to be a Hollywood superstar, with hits such as Thin Ice and My Lucky Star. She debuted at the Olympics at age 11 and also won 10 World Championships consecutively. She was also proficient in tennis, swimming, and skiing.
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Evgeni Plushenko
(Figure Skater)
Evgeni Plushenko
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Birthdate: November 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dzhamku, Russia
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John Curry
(Figure skater)
John Curry
150
Birthdate: September 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK
Died: April 15, 1994
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Mirai Nagasu
(Figure skater)
Mirai Nagasu
175
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montebello, California
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Peggy Fleming
(American figure skater)
Peggy Fleming
140
Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
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Kamila Valieva
(Figure skater)
Kamila Valieva
223
Birthdate: April 26, 2006
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia
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Elvis Stojko
(Canadian Figure Skater, 2-Time Olympic Medalist, and 3-Time World Champion)
Elvis Stojko
153
Birthdate: March 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
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Monika Dannemann
(German Figure Skater and Painter)
Monika Dannemann
136
Birthdate: June 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: April 5, 1996

Monika Dannemann was a German painter and figure skater whose professional achievements were overshadowed by her relationship with legendary guitar player Jimi Hendrix; she is often referred to as the last girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix. A year before her death, Monika Dannemann published a book titled The Inner World of Jimi Hendrix.   

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Javier Fernández
(Figure skater)
Javier Fernández
632
Birthdate: April 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Kaetlyn Osmond
(Figure Skater)
Kaetlyn Osmond
140
Birthdate: December 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marystown, Canada

Kaetlyn Osmond is a Canadian former competitive figure skater. She is best known for winning a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Previously, she had won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Kaetlyn Osmond also won a gold medal at the World Championships in 2018. 

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Apolo Ohno
(Short track speed skater)
Apolo Ohno
147
Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington (state) Washington
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Adam Rippon
(Figure skater)
Adam Rippon
202
Birthdate: November 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
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Anna Shcherbakova
(Figure skater)
Anna Shcherbakova
218
Birthdate: March 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Evan Lysacek
(American figure skater)
Evan Lysacek
175
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Alena Kostornaia
(Figure skater)
Alena Kostornaia
145
Birthdate: August 24, 2003
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow
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Alexandra Trusova
(Figure Skater)
Alexandra Trusova
191
Birthdate: June 23, 2004
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
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Lynn-Holly Johnson
(Figure skater)
Lynn-Holly Johnson
137
Birthdate: December 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Carolina Kostner
(Figure skater)
Carolina Kostner
136
Birthdate: February 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bolzano, Italy
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Aljona Savchenko
(Figure skater)
Aljona Savchenko
135
Birthdate: January 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Obukhiv, Ukraine
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Sarah Hughes
(Figure Skater)
Sarah Hughes
133
Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Great Neck, New York, United States
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Kurt Browning
(Canadian Figure Skater, Commentator, and Choreographer)
Kurt Browning
227
Birthdate: June 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Kurt Browning is a Canadian figure skater, commentator, and choreographer. A four-time World Champion, Browning also won a silver medal at the 1992 World Championships. Kurt Browning was made an inductee of the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1994 and 2006 respectively.

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Alexei Yagudin
(Figure skater)
Alexei Yagudin
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Birthdate: March 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Charlie White
(Figure skater, Ice dancer)
Charlie White
139
Birthdate: October 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States