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List Rules Greatest American figure skaters of all time, retired or active.

This is a list of the greatest American figure skaters of all time, including both retired and active skaters, living or dead, male and female. This list contains the best American figure skaters ever, those who’ve left an impact on the sport and those who are continuing to do so; these are the skaters who’ve been household names during the greatest Winter Olympic games over the years.

Even those who aren’t intimately familiar with the sport are probably familiar with a few of these great American figure skaters. Michelle Kwan, for example, became so well known after winning two Olympic medals and nine titles as champion at the U. S. Figure Skating Championships that she appeared as an animated version of herself in “The Simpsons.” Tara Lipinski also stole America’s heart when she became an Olympic gold medalist at only 15 years old.

Some of the top American figure skaters in history have become household names not only due to their amazing figure skating but also due to scandal. Perhaps the quintessential example is Tonya Harding and her alleged part in the attack on competitor Nancy Kerrigan. While this attack overshadows Harding’s career, she was one of the greats in American figure skating -- she was the second woman in the history of the sport to successfully land a triple axel in a competition.

Whether known only because of their figure skating or for other reasons, these are the most amazing American figure skaters the sport has seen. From Dick Button to Brian Boitano and  Peggy Fleming, you’ll find all of the greatest American figure skaters here.

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Scott Hamilton


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Scott Hamilton is an Olympic gold medalist as well as a four-time gold medalist at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Age: 59

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Bowling Green, Ohio, United States of America

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Dick Button


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Dick Button took the gold at the 1948 European Figure Skating Championships; he remains the only non-European male figure skater to have done so. He also took Olympic gold that same year.

Age: age 86

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, USA

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Kristi Yamaguchi’s career highlights include winning a gold medal at both the 1991 and 1992 World Figure Skating Championships as well as a gold medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.

Age: 46

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States of America

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Dorothy Hamill was both the Olympic champion and World champion in 1976.

Age: 61

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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