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9 of the World's Greatest Figure Skaters!

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Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner began skating together when Tai was only 8 years old and Randy was 10. Their coach from 1972-1980 was John Nicks. The pair became five-time U.S. national champions and won the gold medal at the 1979 World Championships! They were medal favorites at the 1980 Winter Olympics but were forced to withdraw due to an injury to RandyGardner. Tai Babilonia was the first figure skater of partial African American descent to compete for the US at the Olympics and win world titles. She is also part Filipino on her father's side and part Native American. In 1990, a biographical film of her rise to fame was aired on television, "On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story". (source: wiki)

 

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2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Shizuka Arakawa is Japan's first ever ladies figure skating Olympic Champion. Arakawa was 24 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. (by Jo Ann Schneider Farris, about.com)

 

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(Photo by Al Bello)

2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion, Sarah Hughes, was not expected to win the gold medal at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. She was in fourth place after the short program, but in the freeskate, she landed seven triple jumps. The other competitors made mistakes, and Hughes won gold! (by Jo Ann Schneider Farris, about.com)

 

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(Photo by John Gichigi)

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! (by Jo Ann Schneider Farris, about.com)

 

GREAT-tara

 

(Photo by Clive Brunskill)

A Figure Skating Legend: Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history! (by Jo Ann Schneider Farris, about.com)

 

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(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey)

1994 Olympic Figure Skating Champion: Oksana Baiul won the women's event in the 1994 Winter Olympics. Oksana was only sixteen years old when she won Olympic gold. She won the world figure skating championships when she was only fifteen years old! (by Jo Ann Schneider Farris, about.com)

 

GREAT-oksana

 

(Photo by Mike Powell)

Nancy Kerrigan - Olympic Medalist: Nancy Kerrigan won the bronze medal in 1992 and the silver medal in 1994 in women's figure skating at the Olympics. She also was the U.S. Ladies Champion in 1993. Aaaaaaand we all know what happened in 1994... Tanya Harding *tisk*tisk* (by Jo Ann Schneider Farris, about.com)

 

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(Photo by Frazer Harrison)                  (Photo by David Madison)

Kristi Yamaguchi - 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Kristi  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. (by Jo Ann Schneider Farris, about.com)

 

GREAT-yama

 

(Photo Copyright to Andrea "Hoo" Chempinski)

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