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Famous Olympic Pair Skaters

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This is a list of some famous pair skaters in Olympic figure skating history.

1. Madge and Edgar Syers - 1908 Olympic Pairs Skating Bronze Medalists

Madge and Edgar Syers - 1908 Olympic Pairs Skating Bronze Medalists
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The first Olympic figure skating events were part of the 1908 Summer Olympics. British figure skater, Madge Syers, was the first Women's Olympic Figure Skating Champion. At that same Olympics, she won a bronze in the pair skating event with her husband and coach, Edgar Syers.

2. Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul - 1960 Olympic Pair Skating Champions

Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul - 1960 Olympic Pair Skating Champions
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Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul won the Canadian pair skating title five times, the world pair skating title four times, and also won gold at the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.

3. Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov - Pair Skating Legends

Pair Figure Skating Legends Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov Show Off All of Their Medals
Photo Courtesy of Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov
Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov were known for being creative and for being artistic on the ice. They brought ballet to pair skating.

4. Irina Rodnina - Three Time Olympic Pair Figure Skating Champion

Olympic Pair Skating Champions Irina Rodnina and Aleksandr Zaitsev
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Irina Rodnina, is only pair skater who has won ten successive world figure skating titles and three successive Olympic figure skating gold medals. In addition, Rodnina won eleven European figure skating pairs championships. She is considered the most successful pair skater in history.

5. Ice Skating Champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner

Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia
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For over thirty years, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner have skated together. They continue to be figure skating stars.

6. Kitty and Peter Carruthers - 1984 Olympic Pair Skating Silver Medalists

Kitty and Peter Carruthers - 1984 Olympic Pair Skating Silver Medalists
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Kitty and Peter Carruthers won the silver medal at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games that took place in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

7. Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov - Olympic Pair Skating Champions

Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov
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Russian pair skaters Gordeeva and Grinkov won virtually every competition they entered. They won the Olympics in both 1988 and in 1994. Sergei Grinkov died suddenly. He had a heart attack. He died on November 20, 1995 in Lake Placid, New York while rehearsing for a "Stars on Ice" tour. He was only twenty-eight years old at the time of his death.

8. Jamie Salé and David Pelletier - Canadian, World, and Olympic Skating Champions

David Pelletier and Jamie Salé - Olympic Pair Skating Champions
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Canadian figure skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier are one of the sets of Olympic pair skating champions that were crowned after the controversy that surrounded the pair skating event at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In response, a new kind of figure skating scoring system was implemented in 2004.

9. Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao - Chinese, World, and Olympic Pair Skating Champions

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao - Chinese and World Pair Skating Champions
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Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao are the first pair skaters from China to win the world and Olympic pair skating title.

10. Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy - German, European, and World Pair Champions

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy  - German and World Pair Skating Champions
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Savchenko and Szolkowy's score at the 2009 world figure skating championships was 203.48 points, nearly 17 points above the second place pair team. That wide margin has made the German pair skating team the favorites to win at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
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