The best retired figure skaters in the history of the sport have left their mark on figure skating forever, even if they've been on the sidelines for quite some time now. Both male and female skaters of all nationalities can be found on this list, from German skating legend, Katarina Witt, to American skating powerhouse, Scott Hamilton.
Although many great figure skaters come from Russia and America, figure skating is extremely popular around the globe, with phenomenal skaters coming from a variety of countries. What figure skating fan, for example, isn’t familiar with Oksana Baiul, who skated for the Ukraine? Baiul was, in fact, the first skater ever to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating for the Ukraine, and as of 2014, she’s still the only one to have done so.
Of course, men from all over the world have left a legacy in figure skating, too. The American skater Dick Button is surely known by figure skating fans everywhere; he not only won two Olympic gold medals but also invented a new skating move: the flying camel spin. Because of his amazing medal-winning record, his skill, and his inventiveness, he is definitely remembered as one of the greatest figure skaters of all time.
This list contains all of the greats from figure skating history. Although these skaters have retired, they’re remembered as the best figure skaters to have competed on the ice. Most hold Olympic medals and multiple championships in their home countries, and some have moved into coaching, furthering the greatness of the sport. No matter their record or post-skating career, these skaters are remembered as the greatest figure skaters of all time.
Vote for the best retired figure skaters ever below. If you don't see your favorite, feel free to add them!
- 1452 VOTESSonja Henie, in addition to holding ten titles at the World Figure Skating Championships, was a highly respected actress.Agree or disagree?
- 2148 VOTES
Robin Cousins won the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.Agree or disagree?
- 343 VOTESToller Cranston took the top spot at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships six consecutive years (1971 through 1976).Agree or disagree?
- 4101 VOTES
Brian BoitanoBrian Boitano won the gold medal in mens’ single skating at the Winter Olympic Games in 1988; he also competed in the 1994 Olympic Games.Agree or disagree?