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

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 Nancy Kerrigan

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. 

 3 Johnny Weir

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

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.

 4 Tara Lipinski

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

 5 Tessa Virtue

Tessa Virtue
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Famous As: Ice Dancer, Figure skater
Birthdate: May 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, Ontario, 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.

 6 Michelle Kwan

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

Mao Asada
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: September 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meito Ward, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
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 8 Christopher Dean

Christopher Dean
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Famous As: Ice dancer
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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 9 Dorothy Hamill

Dorothy 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.

 10 Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salt Lake City
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 11 Evgenia Medvedeva

Evgenia Medvedeva
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Famous As: Figure skater
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. 

 12 Jayne Torvill

Jayne Torvill
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Famous As: Ice Dancer
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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 13 Kristi Yamaguchi

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

 14 Scott Moir

Scott Moir
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Famous As: Ice Dancer, Figure skater
Birthdate: September 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
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 15 Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano
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Famous As: American figure skater
Birthdate: October 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mountain View, California, United States

 16 Javier Fernández

Javier Fernández
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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 17 Sergei Grinkov

Sergei Grinkov
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Famous As: Fgure skater
Birthdate: February 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 20, 1995

 18 Oksana Baiul

Oksana Baiul
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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: November 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine

 19 Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton
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Famous As: Figure skater
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.

 20 John Curry

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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 21 Peggy Fleming

Peggy Fleming
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Famous As: American figure skater
Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

 22 Alina Zagitova

Alina Zagitova
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Famous As: Figure skater
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.

 23 Elvis Stojko

Elvis Stojko
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: March 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

 24 Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: December 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Staaken, Berlin, Germany

 25 Yuna Kim

Yuna Kim
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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: September 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucheon-si, South Korea

 26 Dick Button

Dick Button
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Famous As: Actor, figure skater
Birthdate: July 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
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 27 Ekaterina Gordeeva

Ekaterina Gordeeva
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 28 Tonya Harding

Tonya Harding
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Famous As: Figure Skater, Boxer
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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 29 Meryl Davis

Meryl Davis
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Famous As: Ice dancer
Birthdate: January 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States

 30 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.

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 31 Sasha Cohen

Sasha Cohen
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Westwood, California, United States

 32 Bruno Massot

Bruno Massot
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: January 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caen, France
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 33 Monika Dannemann

Monika Dannemann
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Famous As: Figure skater
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.   

 34 Sonja Henie

Sonja Henie
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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: April 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: October 12, 1969
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 35 Evgeni Plushenko

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

 36 Apolo Ohno

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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 37 Carolina Kostner

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

 38 Irina Slutskaya

Irina Slutskaya
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: February 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 39 Kaetlyn Osmond

Kaetlyn Osmond
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: December 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marystown, Canada

 40 Anna Shcherbakova

Anna Shcherbakova
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: March 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 41 Lynn-Holly Johnson

Lynn-Holly Johnson
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: December 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 42 Mirai Nagasu

Mirai Nagasu
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montebello, California

 43 Adam Rippon

Adam Rippon
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: November 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

 44 Sergei Ponomarenko

Sergei Ponomarenko
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Famous As: Ice dancer, Figure skater
Birthdate: October 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Sergei Ponomarenko is a Russian retired ice dancer who represented the Unified team of the Soviet Union at the 1992 Olympic Games, World Figure Skating Championships, and European Championships, winning gold medals in all three tournaments. He has also represented the Soviet Union in many World Championships and European Championships, winning two and three gold medals respectively.

 45 Evan Lysacek

Evan Lysacek
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Famous As: American figure skater
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 46 Kamila Valieva

Kamila Valieva
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 26, 2006
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia

 47 Ilia Kulik

Ilia Kulik
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 48 Tatiana Volosozhar

Tatiana Volosozhar
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Famous As: Pair Skater
Birthdate: May 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine

 49 Irina Rodnina

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

 50 Surya Bonaly

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