Some of the most famous figure skaters in history are Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Katarina Witt, Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul and Michelle Kwan. These skaters have all won Olympic medals and many are also known for their accomplishments off the ice.Continue Reading
Dorothy Hamill won a gold medal for the United States in the 1976 Olympic games and has gone on to compete on "Dancing With The Stars." She also become a prominent advocate for breast cancer awareness after surviving a bout with the disease.
Katarina Witt won gold for Germany in 1984 and 1988 and posed for Playboy magazine in 1998.
Kristi Yamaguchi won gold for the United States in 1992 and went on to win "Dancing With The Stars" in 2008. She also runs the Always Dreams Foundation for childhood literacy.
Nancy Kerrigan won bronze for the United States in 1992 and rose to worldwide attention in 1994, when she won a silver medal despite being attacked by a man working for fellow American skater Tonya Harding. Harding went on to become infamous for the attack but never won a medal.
Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold medalist in history with her win at the 1998 Winter Olympics. She was 15 at the time.Learn more about Sports & Active Lifestyle
Some examples of famous male ice skaters include Evan Lysacek, Evgeni Plushenko and Elvis Stojko. These three examples were all figure skaters who won multiple high-profile events, including world championships and Olympic gold medals. Other famous male ice skaters include Todd Eldredge and Paul Wylie.Full Answer >
There is no maximum score that a judge can award for technical components of a figure skating program, but the performance score maximum is 10.00.Full Answer >
A triple Axel is the only figure skating triple jump with a takeoff that starts from a front outside edge. This challenging and physically demanding jump requires three-and-a-half rotations to be performed while the skater is in the air. The Axel jump was invented by Axel Paulsen.Full Answer >
Team figure skating is an event in which the members of a team or nation's skating team, such as men's, women's, pairs and ice dancing, compete to score points in two programs each, with the team or nation scoring the highest number of points winning. The skaters who compete in the event are selected by the team or nation.Full Answer >