Famous Female Figure Skaters

List of famous female figure skaters, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female figure skaters list contains the most prominent and top females known for being figure skaters. Figure skating fans will also enjoy the greatest figure skating pairs of all time and the most famous male figure skaters. There are thousand of females working as figure skaters in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic figure skaters have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a figure skater then the people below should give you inspiration.

The famous female ice skaters include everyone from Yuna Kim to Tonya Harding. Featuring your favorite 80s, 90s, and current stars of women's figure skating, this list has Olympic skaters, American skaters, professional ladies of ice dancing, and gold medal winners of history. 

While this isn't a list of all female figure skaters, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female figure skaters?" and "Who are the best female figure skaters?"


  • Kim Yuna
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    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 silver medalist in ladies' singles; the 2009 & 2013 World champion; the 2009 Four Continents champion; a three-time (2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2009–2010) Grand Prix Final champion; the 2006 World Junior champion; the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final champion; and a six-time (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014) South Korean national champion. Kim is the first South Korean figure skater to win a medal at an ISU Junior Grand Prix or ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event, ISU Figure Skating Championships, and ...more
    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Bucheon, South Korea
  • 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 and the second at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. She is a four-time World Champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) and two-time World silver medalist (1982, 1986). A feat only equalled by Sonja Henie among female skaters, Witt won six consecutive European Championships (1983–1988). Between 1984 and 1988, Witt won ten golds from eleven major international events; two Olympics, four out of five World championships and six European championships. Her competitive record makes her one of the most successful ...more
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Staaken, Germany
  • Michelle Kwan
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    Michelle Wingshan Kwan (born July 7, 1980) is a retired American figure skater. She is a two-time Olympic medalist (silver in 1998, bronze in 2002), a five-time World champion (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003) and a nine-time U.S. champion (1996, 1998–2005). She is tied with Maribel Vinson for the all-time National Championship record. She competed at the senior level for over a decade and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. Known for her consistency and expressive artistry on ice, she is widely considered one of the greatest figure skaters of all time.For well over a decade, Kwan maintained her status not only as America's most popular figure skater but as one of America's ...more
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States of America
  • Tanith Jessica Louise Belbin White (born July 11, 1984) is a Canadian-American ice dancer and Olympic program host for NBC Sports. Though born in Canada, she holds dual citizenship and has competed for the United States since she began skating with Benjamin Agosto in 1998. With Agosto, Belbin is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, four-time World medalist, three-time Four Continents champion (2004–2006), and five-time U.S. champion (2004–2008).
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Kingston, Canada
  • Dorothy Hamill
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    Dorothy Stuart Hamill (born July 26, 1956) is a retired American figure skater. She is the 1976 Olympic champion and 1976 World champion in ladies' singles.
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Nancy Kerrigan
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    Nancy Kerrigan (born October 13, 1969) is a former figure skater and American actress. She won bronze medals at the 1991 World Championships and the 1992 Winter Olympics, silver medals at the 1992 World Championships and the 1994 Winter Olympics, and she was the 1993 US National Figure Skating Champion. Kerrigan was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2004. In January 1994, an assailant used a police baton to strike Kerrigan on her landing knee; the attacker was hired by the ex-husband of her rival Tonya Harding. The attack injured Kerrigan, but she quickly recovered. Harding and Kerrigan both participated in the 1994 Winter Olympics, but after the Games, Harding ...more
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Woburn, Massachusetts, United States of America