Top 10 Greatest Female Figure Skaters of All Time
September 13, 2021 By Sourav
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.
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