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Famous Women Olympic Figure Skaters

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This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.

1. Kim Yu-Na - South Korea's First Ladies Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Kim Yu-Na Celebrates Her Olympic Victory
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On February 25, 2010, Kim Yu-Na of South Korea became the 2010 Ladies Olympic Figure Skating Champion. 

2. Shizuka Arakawa - Japan's First Ladies Olympic Figure Skating Champion

2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Shizuka Arakawa
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2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Shizuka Arakawa is Japan's first ever ladies figure skating Olympic Champion. Arakawa was twenty-four years old when she won the Olympic Figure Skating title. That made her the oldest women's Olympic figure skating champion since 1908 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Florence "Madge" Cave Syers. Syers won at the age of twenty-seven.

3. Sarah Hughes - 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Sarah Hughes - 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
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2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion, Sarah Hughes, was not expected to win the gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

4. Tara Lipinski - 1998 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Tara Lipinski - 1998 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
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In 1998, Tara Lipinski won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating at age fifteen. She is youngest Olympic gold medalist in figure skating history.

5. Michelle Kwan - Figure Skating Legend

Michelle Kwan
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Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.

6. Oksana Baiul - 1994 Olympic Ice Skating Champion

1994 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Oksana Baiul
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Russian figure skater, Oksana Baiul, was only sixteen years old when she won Olympic gold. Baiul overcame many obstacles before winning the Olympic title.

7. Nancy Kerrigan - Two Time Olympic Figure Skating Medalist

Two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan
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Just before the 1994 Olympics, it was alleged that Tonya Harding might have been part of the conspiracy to hurt Nancy Kerrigan. The "Kerrigan Attack" increased the popularity of figure skating.

8. Kristi Yamaguchi - 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi
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Kristi Yamaguchi was the first American woman to win the Olympics in figure skating since 1976. Yamaguchi competed in pairs skating with partner Rudy Galindo. In 1989, she became the first woman, in thirty-five years, to win two medals, one in singles and one in pairs, at the U.S. nationals.

9. Midori Ito - Japanese & World Figure Skating Champion & Olympic Silver Medalist

Midori Ito - Japanese and World Figure Skating Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist
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Japanese figure skating legend, Midori Ito, won the the 1989 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medal. In addition to being the first woman to ever land the triple Axel jump in competition, at the 1992 Olympics, Midori Ito made history by becoming the first woman to ever land a triple Axel at the Olympics.

10. Elizabeth Manley - 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist

Elizabeth Manley - 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist
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At the 1988 Winter Olympics, figure skater, Elizabeth Manley, of Canada, skated the performance of her life. She almost won Olympic gold, but was delighted with her silver medal. After the 1988 Olympics, Manley became a Canadian celebrity.

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