Figure Skaters

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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 1 Yuzuru Hanyu

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: December 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sendai

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.

 2 Tara Lipinski

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: June 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 3 Michelle Kwan

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: July 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

 4 Johnny Weir

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA

 5 Dorothy Hamill

Dorothy Stuart Hamill
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Famous As: Figure Skater
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.

 6 Alina Zagitova

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 18, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Izhevsk, Russia
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 7 Carol Wayne

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 13, 1985
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 8 Yuna Kim

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: September 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucheon-si, South Korea
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 9 Kristi Yamaguchi

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States

 10 Sergei Grinkov

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Famous As: Fgure skater
Birthdate: February 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 20, 1995
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 11 Jamie Salé and David Pelletier

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Famous As: Skaters
Birthdate: April 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 12 Nancy Kerrigan

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Famous As: American actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stoneham, Massachusetts
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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 13 Tonya Harding

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Famous As: Former Figure Skater, Boxer
Birthdate: November 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland

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.

 14 Adam Rippon

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: November 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
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 15 Nathan Chen

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salt Lake City

 16 Apolo Ohno

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Famous As: Short track speed skater
Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington (state) Washington
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 17 Katarina Witt

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Famous As: Actor, Figure skater
Birthdate: December 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Staaken

 18 Monika Dannemann

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Famous As: Girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix
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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 19 Scott Hamilton

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: August 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

 20 Mirai Nagasu

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montebello, California
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 21 Surya Bonaly

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: December 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nice, France

 22 Yulia Lipnitskaya

Yulia Lipnitskaya
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Famous As: Skater
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.

 23 Evgeni Plushenko

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: November 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dzhamku, Russia

 24 Lynn-Holly Johnson

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: December 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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 25 Sonja Henie

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Famous As: Actor, Figure skater
Birthdate: April 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oslo
Died: October 12, 1969

 26 Vanessa James

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: September 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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 27 Carolina Kostner

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: February 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bolzano, Italy

 28 John Curry

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: September 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK
Died: April 15, 1994
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 29 Bruno Massot

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: January 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caen, France

 30 Robin Cousins

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: August 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bristol, England

 31 Jamie Salé

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 32 Sven Kramer

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Famous As: Skater
Birthdate: April 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Heerenveen
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 33 Morgan Cipres

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melun, France

 34 Dan Jansen

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Famous As: Speed Skater
Birthdate: June 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
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 35 Vera Ralston

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: July 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: February 9, 2003

 36 Elizabet Tursynbayeva

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: February 14, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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 37 Stéphane Lambiel

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Martigny

 38 David Pelletier

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: November 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sayabec, Canada

 39 Werner Groebli

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 21, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: April 14, 2008

 40 Viktor Ahn

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Famous As: Skater
Birthdate: November 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

 41 Irina Rodnina

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 42 Toller Cranston

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: April 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: January 24, 2015

 43 Nikolai Morozov

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Famous As: Ice dancer
Birthdate: December 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

 44 Aljona Savchenko

Aljona Savchenko
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: January 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Obukhiv, Ukraine

 45 Barbara Ann Scott

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
Died: September 30, 2012

 46 Elena Berezhnaya

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: October 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nevinnomyssk, Russia

 47 Brian Joubert

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: September 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Poitiers

 48 Tenley Albright

Tenley Albright
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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: July 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newton Centre, Newton, Massachusetts, United States

 49 Cindy Klassen

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Famous As: Speed Skater
Birthdate: August 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

 50 Carol Heiss

Carol Heiss
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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