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The Best Olympic Athletes in Figure Skating

List RulesOnly athletes that have competed in figure skating in the Olympic Games.

The figure skaters on this list have made it all the way to the Olympics in their sport. These amazing athletes had the honor of representing their country at the Olympic games, and some of these famous names even took home the gold. This list isn't just about winners, times, distances, and points, however. It's about the public's favorite star! Olympians on this list have captured the hearts of the public in one way or another, and have led their peers in figure skating competitions. Only the greatest figure skating Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so vote for the most beloved skaters of all time.  

Figure skating athletes who have competed in the Olympics don't all have what it takes to be called the "best" in their Olympic sport. Vote carefully and make sure that only the true greats get a place on the front page of this list. From established stars like Kristi Yamaguchi to up and coming legends like Gabrielle Daleman, there are plenty of stars to vote for below! 

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    Yuzuru Hanyu

    Age: 26
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    BirthplaceSendai, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Yuzuru Hanyu (羽生結弦, Hanyū Yuzuru, born December 7, 1994) is a Japanese figure skater who competes in the men's singles discipline. He is a two-time Olympic champion (2014, 2018), a two-time World  ...more

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    BirthplaceSolnechny District

    NationalityRussia

    Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko (Russian: Евге́ний Ви́кторович Плю́щенко​ , born 3 November 1982) is a Russian former figure skater. He is a four-time Olympic medalist (2006 gold, 2014 team gold, 2002 &  ...more

    #317 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#2 of 51 The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time#2 of 37 The Greatest Russian Figure Skaters of All Time

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    Sonja Henie

    Dec. at 57 (1912-1969)
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    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    Sonja Henie (8 April 1912 – 12 October 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater and film star. She was a three-time Olympic Champion (1928, 1932, 1936) in Ladies' Singles, a ten-time World Champion  ...more

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    Bradie Tennell

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    Bradie Tennell (born January 31, 1998) is an American competitive figure skater. She is the 2017 Skate America bronze medalist, 2016 CS Tallinn Trophy bronze medalist, and 2018 U.S national champion.  ...more
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    Gabrielle Daleman

    Age: 23
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    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Gabrielle Daleman is a Canadian figure skater. She represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and is the 2015 Canadian national champion.  ...more
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    Kaetlyn Osmond

    Age: 25
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    BirthplaceMarystown, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Kaetlyn Osmond is a Canadian figure skater. She is the 2012 Skate Canada champion, the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy champion and a two-time Canadian national champion.  ...more
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    Evgenia Tarasova

    Age: 26
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    BirthplaceKazan, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Evgenia Maximovna Tarasova is a Russian pair skater. With partner Vladimir Morozov, she is the 2013 Winter Universiade silver medalist and 2015 Russian national silver medalist. On the junior level,  ...more
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    Nathan Chen

    Age: 22
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    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Nathan Chen (born May 5, 1999) is an American figure skater who competes in the men's singles discipline. He is a two-time World champion (2018, 2019), a 2018 Winter Olympic bronze medalist in the  ...more
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    Katarina Witt

    Age: 55
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    BirthplaceStaaken, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Katarina Witt (German pronunciation: [ˈkataʁiːna vɪt]; born 3 December 1965) is a retired German figure skater. Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics  ...more

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    Tessa Virtue

    Age: 32
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    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Tessa Jane McCormick Virtue (born May 17, 1989) is a Canadian ice dancer. With ice dance partner Scott Moir, she is the 2010 Olympic champion, the 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver  ...more
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    Javier Fernández

    Age: 30
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    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Javier Fernández López (Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈβjeɾ feɾˈnandeθ ˈlopeθ]; born 15 April 1991) is a Spanish figure skater. He is the 2018 Olympic bronze medalist, a two-time World champion (2015,  ...more
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    Scott Moir

    Age: 34
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    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Scott Patrick Moir (born September 2, 1987) is a Canadian ice dancer. With ice dance partner Tessa Virtue, he is the 2010 Olympic champion, the 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver  ...more
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    BirthplaceObukhiv, Ukraine

    NationalityGermany

    Aljona Savchenko (Ukrainian: Олена Валентинівна Савченко, Olena Valentynivna Savčenko; German Romanization: Aljona Sawtschenko, sometimes Aliona Savchenko; born 19 January 1984) is a Ukrainian-born  ...more
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    Jayne Torvill

    Age: 64
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    BirthplaceClifton, Nottingham

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Jayne Torvill, OBE (born 7 October 1957) is an English ice dancer. With Christopher Dean, she won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, becoming one  ...more
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    BirthplaceEngland, Calverton

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Christopher Colin Dean, OBE (born 27 July 1958 in Calverton, Nottinghamshire) is an English ice dancer who won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics with his skating partner Jayne Torvill. They  ...more

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    BirthplaceBolzano, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Carolina Kostner (Italian pronunciation: [karoˈliːna ˈkɔstner]; born 8 February 1987) is an Italian figure skater. She is the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2012 World champion, a five-time  ...more
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    BirthplaceRoyal Oak, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles Allen "Charlie" White Jr. (born October 24, 1987) is an American ice dancer. With partner Meryl Davis, he is the 2014 Olympic Champion, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time (2011,  ...more
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    Kristi Yamaguchi

    Age: 50
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    BirthplaceUSA, Hayward, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kristine Tsuya Yamaguchi (born July 12, 1971) is an American former figure skater. In ladies' singles, Yamaguchi is the 1992 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion (1991 and 1992), and the 1992  ...more
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    Oksana Baiul

    Age: 43
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    BirthplaceDnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

    Oksana Serhiyivna Baiul-Farina (Ukrainian: Окса́на Сергі́ївна Баю́л-Фарі́на, born 16 November 1977) is a Ukrainian retired competitive figure skater. She is the 1993 World champion and the 1994  ...more

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    Sergei Grinkov

    Dec. at 28 (1967-1995)
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    BirthplaceRussia, Moscow

    Sergei Mikhailovich Grinkov (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Гринько́в; 4 February 1967 — 20 November 1995) was a Russian pair skater. Together with partner and wife Ekaterina Gordeeva, he was the 1988  ...more
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    Meryl Davis

    Age: 34
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    BirthplaceRoyal Oak, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Meryl Elizabeth Davis (born January 1, 1987) is an American ice dancer. With partner Charlie White, she is the 2014 Olympic champion, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time (2011, 2013) World  ...more
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    Kim Yuna

    Age: 31
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    BirthplaceBucheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Yuna Kim (born September 5, 1990), also credited in eastern name order as Kim Yuna or Kim Yeon-ah, is a South Korean former competitive figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic champion and 2014  ...more
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    BirthplaceEnglewood, New Jersey, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Richard Totten "Dick" Button (born July 18, 1929) is an American former figure skater and skating analyst. He is a two-time Olympic champion (1948, 1952) and five-time World champion (1948–1952). He  ...more
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    Joannie Rochette

    Age: 35
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    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Joannie Rochette (born January 13, 1986) is a Canadian figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic bronze medallist, the 2009 World silver medallist, the 2008 and 2009 Four Continents silver medallist,  ...more
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    Scott Hamilton

    Age: 63
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    BirthplaceBowling Green, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Scott Scovell Hamilton (born August 28, 1958) is a retired American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist. He won four consecutive U.S. championships (1981–84), four consecutive World Championships  ...more