Top 10 Greatest Female Figure Skaters of All Time

September 13, 2021 By Sourav

Top 10 Greatest Female Figure Skaters of All Time

There are four events in figure skating which are men skating, women skating, pair skating, and ice dance. This sport requires a high level of balance and being nimble on feet. Here we count down the Top 10 Greatest Female Figure Skaters of All Time.


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Figure Skating is a sport where individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice and it was also the first winter sport to be included in the Olympics. And now, it's time to know about the greatest female figure skaters ever.


10. Janet Lynn



At number 10 in the top 10 greatest female figure skaters of all time is Janet Lynn from the USA. Janet was one of the best free skaters who had both the basics and the style nailed down.

She has won a bronze at the Olympics, silver, and bronze at World Championships, and won North America Championships. She had a great personality and is still remembered for smiling despite falling during the 1972 Sapporo games.


9. Midori Ito



At number 9 is Midori Ito from Japan. She is the 1989 World Champion and 1992 Olympic silver medalist. But she is more fondly remembered for being the first female skater to land the triple combination while being only 12.

She was also the first to land the triple axel, both of them during a competition (1992 Olympics).


8. Kristi Yamaguchi



At number 8 in the list of the top 10 greatest female figure skaters of all time is Kristi Yamaguchi from the USA. She has won the gold in the 1992 Olympics, two World Championships, and 1992 US Championships.

Paired with Rudy Galindo she also won World Junior Championships. In 2005, she was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame.


7. Tara Lipinski



At number 7 is Tara Lipinski from the USA. She is the youngest to win gold at Olympics in ladies' figure skating and is also the youngest to win the World Figure Skating Championship. Lipinski is also two times Grand Prix Final Champion and the 1997 US Champion.

She definitely deserves her mention in the top 10 greatest female figure skaters of all time.


6. Michelle Kwan



At number 6 in the top 10 greatest female figure skaters of all time is Michelle Kwan from the USA. She is regarded as one of the greatest skaters of all time and also the most decorated skater to have never won an Olympic gold medal.

She has won silver and bronze at Olympics, been a World Champion five times, and US National Champion for a record nine times. On the ice she is known for her artistry, consistency, and expressions, she has been one of the highest-paid skaters in the US.


5. Peggy Fleming



At number 5 in the top 10 greatest female figure skaters of all time is Peggy Fleming from the USA. She was an icon for several generations of figure skaters due to her beautiful skating.

Peggy has won the 1968 Olympic gold and was the World Champion three times. She also won the 1967 North American Championships.


4. Oksana Baiul



At number 4 is Oksana Baiul from Ukraine. She is the first skater to win gold and the first Olympic champion to represent independent Ukraine.

Osana is still remembered for her graceful skating, expressions, and ballet-inspired movement. She also won the World Champions on her first try in 1993.


3. Carol Heiss



At number 3 in the list of the top 10 greatest female figure skaters of all time is Carol Heiss from the USA. Apart from being a figure skater, she was also an actress and she combined her athleticism and gracefulness why skating.

She was also the first female skater to perform a double Axel. Carol has won gold in the 1960 Olympics and silver in 1956. She has also been World Champion five times.


2. Katarina Witt



At number 2 in the top 10 greatest female figure skaters of all time is Katarina Witt from Germany. One of the most successful figure skaters of all time, she has won two Olympic gold medals.

Besides, she has also won four World Championships, and was runner-up in two, and won consecutive six European Championships (equaling the feat of Sonja Henie).


1. Sonja Henie



At number 1 in the top 10 greatest female figure skaters of all time is Sonja Henie from Norway. She is the greatest female figure skater ever who is the only one to win three Olympic gold and that too consecutively. Sonja has also won ten World Championships and six European Championships consecutively.

She glamorized the sport by introducing short dance routines and skirts. Besides, she also holds her place among the most successful athletes in the Olympic games.



We hope you are satisfied with our ranking of the top 10 greatest female figure skaters of all time. Don't forget to send us your opinion in the comment box below.


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  1. Sanjit
    sanjit October 20, 2019 07:20

    That #2 female skater of all time is not Katarina Witt of Germany (wrong photo- must be a Russian skater lol)

    1. Lisa
      Lisa November 9, 2019 08:05

      I think that is Nicole Schott.

    2. Darina
      Darina May 3, 2020 07:26

      She is Nicole Schott of Germany (at least they got the country right??)

  2. Alex Jeong
    Alex Jeong November 3, 2019 14:37

    Why is Yuna Kim not on the list?

    1. Y.K
      Y.K April 8, 2020 08:41

      Exactly!!!!!!! Why isn't the Queen on the list???

  3. Skating Lover
    Skating Lover December 12, 2019 19:40

    LOL. Alina Zagitova who won everything (gold medals in Olympic, World, European, Grand Prix) plus silver medals in European and Grand Prix is not even on the list. The list is totally USA-centric.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das December 13, 2019 17:43

      There are four females from different countries than the USA. How can you tell that this list is USA-centric?

    2. RKS
      RKS December 18, 2019 12:39

      Alina is accomplished but not a great. The greats dominate and transform the sport in big ways. She was only on the senior circuit 2.5 seasons and she lacks basic stretch, posture, and artistry. Her jumping technique is dreadful, although it did get her to an Olympic medal. She is a lovely spinner and a beautiful young lady but top 10 way. And Oksana? She is adorable but the greats, no. You do not even have Sjoukje Dijkstra? Tara? A Great? the youngest but not a great, she pushed the sport technically a little but her skating was childish and her edges not deep at all. She looked like a roller skater, which she was but also good for her she won but great, no way. And if you have Americans, like no Tenley Albright???

  4. RKS
    RKS December 18, 2019 12:32

    You do not have Yuna Kim on your list, therefore, it is not credible. Nice US and Olympic bias though lol

  5. Yourmother
    yourmother December 22, 2019 14:24

    yuna kim should be the #1 and she's not even in the list!

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das December 22, 2019 18:29

      With just a single Olympic gold medal she deserves the top place!!! But why??

    2. Shehan
      Shehan April 18, 2020 18:20

      Surely she is the greatest ever. She will not be toppled by a human.

  6. ??? January (JIhoo) Lee Moon
    ??? January (JIhoo) Lee Moon April 11, 2020 05:08

    I'm ever so sorry if I've made any of you feel bad but why isn't Yuna Kim on the list?
    ??? ????

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 11, 2020 18:26

      Yes, she is one of the best figure skaters. But sadly, not among the top 10.
      She has just a single Olympic medal.

  7. Shehan
    Shehan April 18, 2020 18:17

    How on earth this list omitted the great Yuna Kim?

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 19, 2020 17:03

      We already had that suggestion. We will surely include him on this list.
      And, thanks for visiting our sports blog!

  8. Ri Yoo
    Ri Yoo May 7, 2020 01:12

    cuz she's in a different league. league called god tier

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das May 7, 2020 17:30

      Everyone we have mentioned in this list is there in that league. So, don't worry about the league.
      And, thanks for visiting us. Keep visiting our sports blog!

  9. Eleanor Baron
    Eleanor Baron May 11, 2020 06:22

    Alina Zagitova is the best, in my opinion. She has the stretch, poise and posture, to the contrary of one opinion. Her ballet background is quite evident. She's beautiful and talented. We can thank
    her coach Eteri for most of her success. The two numbers Alina did in the Olympics will stand the test of time as Classic Perfection.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das May 11, 2020 17:59

      Zagitoga is surely one of the best. But, it will need some more time to include her in the list of the greatest figure skaters. She is just 17 and has plenty of time to show her consistency in the international circuit.
      And, thanks for visiting us. Keep visiting our sports blog!

  10. Lisa
    Lisa June 1, 2020 14:19

    I agree with Yuna Kim. Do not agree with Oksana or Tata Lipinski. They were at the top for such a short time. After her Olympic win, Oksana crashed and burned. Tara won on fearlessness and technique but hadnít mastered artistry. GOAT are those who achieve greatness, improve and maintain for a period of time.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das June 1, 2020 17:46

      I agree with you. And, thanks for visiting our sports blog!

  11. Renee
    Renee June 16, 2020 05:24

    Surya Bonaly isn't on this list??? Till this day NO ONE had successfully done her flip. No she doesn't have a gold medal but look her up and you will know why!!!!!

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das June 16, 2020 16:40

      The primary criteria we used in this list is the achievement that the figure skaters have that includes Olympic and World Championship medals. Besides, we also considered the impact that they had during their heydays.
      And I'm sorry to say, Bonaly is nowhere near in both of these criteria.

  12. Anne
    Anne July 29, 2020 09:03

    Interesting. I didn't seem to find Yu Na Kim amongst the greatest, and most influential figure skater. She has made quite an impression on her fans and supporters through her remarkable career.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das July 29, 2020 17:08

      Thanks for your suggestion. We will definitely look after that during our next update of this list.
      And, keep visiting our sports blog!

  13. Bn1
    Bn1 August 7, 2020 17:27

    Definitely Yuna Kim should be on the list. She swept the 2009-2010 ISU Grand Prix season on the way to winning the Grand Prix Final, World Championships, and Olympic Gold...and still managed to medal again at the next World Championships like a month later (when many gold medalists would have taken time off to rest). She left skating for 19 months and came back to win the World Championships again and silver in Olympics...where many of the skaters (Fleming, Witt, Browning, etc.) on your list believe she clearly deserved the gold. Her scores show that despite competing amongst a talented generation of skaters, she was head and shoulders above the competition setting records while winning by significant margins.

  14. Robertson
    Robertson September 2, 2020 20:34

    Where is Yuna Kim?

  15. Edwin
    Edwin September 5, 2020 07:55

    Yuna Kim should be on the list Your list is so biased towards US. Yuna Kim has 2 olympic gold medals. (Everyone knows Yuna Kim deserves the 2014 Sochi olympic gold medal. The whole thing was rigged) Yuna is the first female figure skater to achieve the grand slam and she has won every single competition in her career since her junior years. She was always on the podium.

  16. James Nguyen
    James Nguyen September 14, 2020 12:53

    How do you have a one-hit wonder like Tara Lipinski on this list but not Dorothy friggin' Hamil??? Or Yuna Kim???

    If this list was based on sheer skill and artistry, pound-for-pound Yuna Kim would be number 1.

  17. Eileen Davidson
    eileen davidson September 28, 2020 16:02


  18. Sean
    Sean October 31, 2020 06:14

    Katarina Witt is the most overrated skater in history. Has anyone actually watched her skating instead of just looking at the fact that she has 2 olympic golds? She had terrible technique and bad posture and could not do the difficult jumps. Furthermore, she was awful at the compulsory figures so much that the judges had to inflate her scores in order for her to be in the top 3 to remain in the running for a medal. Had Rosalyn skated cleanly in 84 she would have been the gold medalist. And everyone forgets that Witt did NOT win the free skate in 88. That was Liz Manley.
    While I agree Yuna should be on this list, she is definitely not at the top of it. Another skater with bad technique and no emotional connection to the audience. Oksana?What a joke!!! Sorry the Russians of the day are not great. They will become obsolete by the time they are 17 like Alina was and replaced by a younger, tinier more robotic girl. If Russians are trying to achieve greatness like the Americans have with their past skaters they should look for skaters who can withstand the test of time and growth. Plushenko is a great example. Janet Lynn is number 1 and Michelle Kwan 2. Can we please bring the Scotvolds back to help current competitive skaters with jump technique and artistry?

  19. Jack
    Jack December 10, 2020 18:44

    LMFAO- Oksana Baiul has no business on this list. She was given the Gold in 94 by bloc judging. She is not even a top 25 of all-time skater.

  20. Alex
    Alex March 28, 2021 15:32

    Yuna Kim - the greatest female figure skater of all time

  21. Oreadno1
    Oreadno1 August 7, 2021 08:31

    Michelle Kwan should be #2 as she is the 2nd most decorated figure skater in history. Tara and Oksana shouldn't be on the list as all they did was win 1 Worlds and 1 Olympics (and in Tara's case she only won because Michelle skated first in their group. Had Michelle skated later in their rotation then the judges wouldn't have held back on their scores)

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