This list of the top figure skating performances of all time takes into account factors such as difficulty, speed, impact, point-of-view, choreography, performance, and the skater's overall contribution to the sport of figure skating. While the performances on this list date all the way back to 1968, many modern skaters are included as well, and most skaters listed here have been judged based on modern scoring tactics. Since the implementation of progressive scoring, many fans and critics agree figure skating has grown markedly better.
From champions of ladies' figure skating to triumphs from the best couple ice skating routines, browse the below list and watch the videos to help determine the best figure skating performances of all time. This list includes male and female figure skaters, Olympic skaters, skaters who have competed in national and international championships, and other famous ice skaters. Shattering records and garnering high scores, these are some of the best skaters in the world.
All these skaters are great athletes. You'll be astounded by the footwork of legends like Sasha Cohen or Michelle Kwan. Iconic pairs of skaters - like the incomparable Torvill and Dean - also leave viewers in awe. Young champions, like Adam Rippon or Alina Zagitova, are astounding modern fans of the sport.
Read the list below to familiarize yourself with the greatest figure skating performances of all time.
Alina Zagitova - 2018 Olympics (Women's Singles)
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir - 2010 Olympics (Free Dance)