On February 25, 2010, Kim Yu-Na of South Korea became the 2010 Ladies Olympic Figure Skating Champion.
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
Russian figure skater, Oksana Baiul, was only sixteen years old when she won Olympic gold. Baiul overcame many obstacles before winning the Olympic title.
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.
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.
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.