Famous Ice Skaters Who Won Gold

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This article lists some of the most famous ice skaters in female ice skating history. 

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Kim Yu-Na: South Korea's First Ladies Olympic Figure Skating Champion

On February 25, 2010, Kim Yu-Na of South Korea became the 2010 Ladies Olympic Figure Skating Champion

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Shizuka Arakawa: Japan's First Ladies Olympic Figure Skating Champion

2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Shizuka Arakawa
2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Shizuka Arakawa. Photo by Al Bello - Getty Images

2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Shizuka Arakawa is Japan's first ever ladies figure skating Olympic Champion. Arakawa was 24 when she won the Olympic figure skating title. That made her the oldest women's Olympic figure skating champion since 1908 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Florence "Madge" Cave Syers, who won at 27. 

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Sarah Hughes: 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Sarah Hughes - 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Sarah Hughes - 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. Photo by John Gichigi - Getty Images

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

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Tara Lipinski:1998 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Tara Lipinski - 1998 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Tara Lipinski - 1998 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. Photo by Clive Brunskill - Getty Images

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.

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Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Staff - Getty Images

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

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1994 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Oksana Baiul
1994 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Oksana Baiul. Photo by Mike Powell - Getty Images

Russian figure skater, Oksana Baiul, was only 16 years old when she won Olympic gold. Baiul overcame many obstacles before winning the Olympic title.

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Two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan
Two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan. Photo by Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

Just before the 1994 Olympics, it was alleged that Tonya Harding might have been part of the conspiracy to hurt Nancy Kerrigan. The "Kerrigan Attack" increased the popularity of figure skating.

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Kristi Yamaguchi: 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi
1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi. Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images

Kristi Yamaguchi was the first American woman to win the Olympics in figure skating since 1976. Yamaguchi competed in pairs skating with partner Rudy Galindo. In 1989, she became the first woman in 35 years to win two medals -- one in singles and one in pairs, at the U.S. nationals.

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Midori Ito - Japanese and World Figure Skating Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist
Midori Ito - Japanese and World Figure Skating Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist. Photo by Junji Kurokawa - Getty Images

Japanese figure skating legend, Midori Ito, won the 1989 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medal. In addition to being the first woman to ever land the triple axel jump in competition, at the 1992 Olympics, Midori Ito made history by becoming the first woman to ever land a triple Axel at the Olympics.

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Elizabeth Manley - 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist
Elizabeth Manley - 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist. Copyright © Skate Canada Archives

At the 1988 Winter Olympics, figure skater, Elizabeth Manley of Canada, skated the performance of her life. She almost won Olympic gold, but was delighted with her silver medal. After the 1988 Olympics, Manley became a Canadian celebrity.

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Katarina Witt - Two Time Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Katarina Witt - Two Time Olympic Figure Skating Champion. Photo by Daniel Janin - Getty Images

Katarina Witt's is one of the most successful figure skaters in history. She is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Champion.

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Debi Thomas
Debi Thomas. Photo Courtesy of Harlick Skating Boots

Debi Thomas is the only African American who ever won a medal in the Olympics in figure skating. She medaled at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games which took place in Calgary, Canada.

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Dorothy Hamill
Dorothy Hamill. Photo by Tony Duffy - Getty Images

Dorothy Hamill was considered "America's sweetheart." After winning the Olympics, Hamill became the most sought-after skater for commercial endorsements in figure skating history.

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Margaret Williamson Photo
Margaret Williamson Photo. Janet Lynn - Ice Skating Legend

Janet Lynn is considered one of the best freeskaters of all time. She won an Olympic bronze medal in 1972.

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Olympic Figure Skating Champion Peggy Fleming
Olympic Figure Skating Champion Peggy Fleming. Photo by Vince Bucci - Getty Images

Peggy Fleming is the 1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She won that title in Grenoble, France. That was the only gold medal that the United States won at that particular Olympics. Today, Fleming is a television figure skating commentator.

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1960 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Carol Heiss
1960 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Carol Heiss. Getty Images

Carol Heiss won the 1960 Olympics in women's figure skating and she also won the silver medal at the 1956 Olympics. When she won the 1960 Olympic Gold Medal, all nine judges awarded her first place.

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Barbara Ann Scott: 1948 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Barbara Ann Scott - 1948 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Barbara Ann Scott - 1948 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. Photo by Tony Linck - Getty Images

Barbara Ann Scott was the first Canadian to win a gold medal in Olympic figure skating.

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Sonja Henie: "Queen of the Ice"

Sonja Henie
Sonja Henie. IOC Olympic Museum /Allsport - Getty Images
Sonja Henie won the Olympics in 1928, 1932, and in 1936. She is considered a figure skating legend and is also considered the first ice skating celebrity. She is also known for bringing ballet, white skates, and short skating dresses to the ice.