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 Tonya Harding

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Famous As: Former Figure Skater, Boxer
Birthdate: November 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 2 Johnny Weir

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 3 Nancy Kerrigan

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Famous As: American actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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. 

 4 Dorothy Hamill

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: July 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 5 Yuzuru Hanyu

Yuzuru Hanyu
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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: December 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese

 6 Adam Rippon

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: November 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 7 Michelle Kwan

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: July 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 8 Carol Wayne

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 1985
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 9 Tara Lipinski

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: June 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 10 Monika Dannemann

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Famous As: Girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix
Birthdate: June 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: April 5, 1996
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 11 Katarina Witt

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Famous As: Actor, Figure skater
Birthdate: December 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 12 Yuna Kim

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: September 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South Korean
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 13 Nathan Chen

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 14 Kristi Yamaguchi

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 15 Alina Zagitova

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 18, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Russian

 16 Evgenia Medvedeva

Evgenia Medvedeva
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: November 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian

 17 Apolo Ohno

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Famous As: Short track speed skater
Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 18 Lynn-Holly Johnson

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: December 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 19 Sonja Henie

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

 20 Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: November 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian

 21 Scott Hamilton

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: August 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 22 Yulia Lipnitskaya

Yulia Lipnitskaya
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Famous As: Skater
Birthdate: June 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian
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 23 Sergey Grinkov

Sergey Grinkov
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Famous As: Pair skater
Birthdate: February 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: November 20, 1995

 24 John Curry

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: September 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: April 15, 1994
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 25 Mirai Nagasu

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese, American

 26 Jamie Salé

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
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 27 Jamie Salé and David Pelletier

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Famous As: Skaters
Birthdate: April 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 28 Robin Cousins

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: August 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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 29 Carolina Kostner

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: February 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian

 30 Stéphane Lambiel

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Swiss
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 31 David Pelletier

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: November 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 32 Werner Groebli

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: April 21, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swiss
Died: April 14, 2008
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 33 Toller Cranston

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: April 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian
Died: January 24, 2015

 34 Annabel Bowlen

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Famous As: Wife of Pat Bowlen
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Nationality: Canadian

 35 Dan Jansen

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Famous As: Speed Skater
Birthdate: June 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 36 Irina Rodnina

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian

 37 Sven Kramer

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Famous As: Skater
Birthdate: April 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch

 38 Elena Berezhnaya

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: October 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Russian

 39 Viktor Ahn

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Famous As: Skater
Birthdate: November 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: South Korean, Russian

 40 Barbara Ann Scott

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
Died: September 30, 2012

 41 Carol Heiss

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 42 Christopher Bowman

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Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: March 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 10, 2008

 43 Tenley Albright

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: July 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 44 Brian Joubert

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: September 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French

 45 Cindy Klassen

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Famous As: Speed Skater
Birthdate: August 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

 46 Ludmila Belousova

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Famous As: Figure skaters
Birthdate: November 22, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Swiss, Russian
Died: September 26, 2017

 47 Ulrich Salchow

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: August 7, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Swedish
Died: April 19, 1949

 48 Carlo Fassi

Carlo Fassi
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Famous As: Figure skating coach
Birthdate: December 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 20, 1997

 49 Gillis Grafström

Gillis Grafström
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Famous As: Olympic Athlete
Birthdate: June 7, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Swedish
Died: April 14, 1938

 50 Hayes Alan Jenkins

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: March 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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