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The Best Olympic Athletes in Figure Skating

Updated June 14, 2019 27.1k votes 2.7k voters 25.8k views150 items

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 Hanyu1
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • Evgeni Plushenko2
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    BirthplaceSolnechny District

    NationalityRussia

    Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko (Russian: Евге́ний Ви́кторович Плю́щенко​ , born 3 November 1982)... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gabrielle Daleman3
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    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Gabrielle Daleman is a Canadian figure skater. She represented Canada at the 2014 Winter... more on Wikipedia
  • Sonja Henie4
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    Sonja Henie

    Dec. at 57 (1912-1969)

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    Sonja Henie (8 April 1912 – 12 October 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater and film star. She... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bradie Tennell5
    Bradie Tennell (born January 31, 1998) is an American competitive figure skater. She is the... more on Wikipedia
  • Kaetlyn Osmond6
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    BirthplaceMarystown, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Kaetlyn Osmond is a Canadian figure skater. She is the 2012 Skate Canada champion, the 2012... more on Wikipedia
  • Nathan Chen7
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    Nathan Chen

    Nathan Chen (born May 5, 1999) is an American figure skater who competes in the men's singles... more on Wikipedia
  • Robin Szolkowy8
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    BirthplaceGreifswald, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Robin Szolkowy (born 14 July 1979) is a German pair skater. With partner Aliona Savchenko, he... more on Wikipedia
  • Katarina Witt9
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    BirthplaceGermany

    NationalityGermany

    Katarina Witt (German pronunciation: [ˈkataʁiːna vɪt]; born 3 December 1965) is a retired... more on Wikipedia
  • Tessa Virtue10
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    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Tessa Jane McCormick Virtue (born May 17, 1989) is a Canadian ice dancer. With ice dance... more on Wikipedia
  • Javier Fernández11
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    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Javier Fernández López (Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈβjeɾ feɾˈnandeθ ˈlopeθ]; born 15 April... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 28 The Best Male Figure Skaters in the World Right Now#2 of 35 The Best Active Figure Skaters in the World

  • Aliona Savchenko12
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    BirthplaceObukhiv, Ukraine

    NationalityGermany

    Aljona Savchenko (Ukrainian: Олена Валентинівна Савченко, Olena Valentynivna Savčenko; German... more on Wikipedia
  • Scott Moir13
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    Scott Moir

    Age: 32

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Scott Patrick Moir (born September 2, 1987) is a Canadian ice dancer. With ice dance partner... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 35 The Best Ice Dancers in the World#1 of 26 The Greatest Ice Dancing Pairs of All Time

  • Evgenia Tarasova14
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    Evgenia Tarasova

    Age: 25

    BirthplaceKazan, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Evgenia Maximovna Tarasova is a Russian pair skater. With partner Vladimir Morozov, she is the... more on Wikipedia
  • Maribel Vinson-Owen15
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    Maribel Vinson-Owen

    Dec. at 50 (1911-1961)

    BirthplaceWinchester, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Maribel Yerxa Vinson-Owen (October 12, 1911 – February 15, 1961) was an American figure skater... more on Wikipedia
  • Zhang Dan16
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    Zhang Dan

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceHarbin, China

    NationalityChina

    Zhang Dan (simplified Chinese: 张丹; traditional Chinese: 張丹; pinyin: Zhāng Dān; born 4 October... more on Wikipedia

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    #21 of 30 The Greatest Figure Skating Pairs of All Time#136 of 178 The Best Olympic Athletes from China

  • Jayne Torvill17
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    Jayne Torvill

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceEast Midlands, Nottinghamshire, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Nottingham

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Jayne Torvill, OBE (born 7 October 1957) is an English ice dancer. With Christopher Dean, she... more on Wikipedia
  • Maxim Shabalin18
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    BirthplaceSamara, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Maxim Andreyevich Shabalin (Russian: Максим Андреевич Шабалин; born 25 January 1982) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Carolina Kostner19
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    BirthplaceBolzano, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Carolina Kostner (Italian pronunciation: [karoˈliːna ˈkɔstner]; born 8 February 1987) is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Artem Borodulin20
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    BirthplacePerm, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Artem Igorevich Borodulin (Russian: Артём Игоревич Бородулин, born 9 March 1989) is a Russian... more on Wikipedia
  • Christopher Dean21
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    BirthplaceCalverton, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Christopher Colin Dean, OBE (born 27 July 1958 in Calverton, Nottinghamshire) is an English... more on Wikipedia
  • Dick Button22
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    BirthplaceEnglewood, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Richard Totten "Dick" Button (born July 18, 1929) is an American former figure skater and... more on Wikipedia
  • Cody Hay23
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    Cody Hay

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceDawson Creek, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Cody Hay (born July 28, 1983) is a Canadian former pair skater. With Anabelle Langlois, he is... more on Wikipedia
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    Sergei Grinkov

    Dec. at 28 (1967-1995)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Sergei Mikhailovich Grinkov (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Гринько́в; 4 February 1967 — 20... more on Wikipedia
  • Oksana Baiul25
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    BirthplaceDnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

    Oksana Serhiyivna Baiul-Farina (Ukrainian: Окса́на Сергі́ївна Баю́л-Фарі́на, born 16 November... more on Wikipedia

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