The Beauty Of Figure Skating

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Tara Lipinski
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Kim Yuna
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Peggy Fleming
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Rosalyn Summers, Katarina Witt, and Kira Ivanova
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Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto
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Sasha Cohen
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Sasha Cohen
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Sarah Hughes
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Tara Lipinski
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Peggy Fleming
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Sasha Cohen
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Oksana Baiul
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Nancy Kerrigan
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Michelle Kwan
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Michelle Kwan
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Johnny Weir
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Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto
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Laurence Owen
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Kristi Yamaguchi
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Kristi Yamaguchi
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Kim Yuna
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Nancy Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul, and Chen Lu
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Katarina Witt
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Katarina Witt
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Peggy Fleming
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Johnny Weir
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Joannie Rochette
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Kiira Korpi
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Gabriele Seyfert, Peggy Fleming, Hana Maskova
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Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsal
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Kiira Korpi
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Dorothy Hamill
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Dorothy Hamill
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Christine Errath, Dorothy Hamill, and Dianne DeLeeuw
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Dorothy Hamill
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Debi Thomas
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Debi Thomas
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Debi Thomas

This Winter Olympics has had some issuesthe construction failures, the unfortunate dog snuffing, a reignition of an almost entirely dead Cold War via hockey, or the accusations of the host country cheating in various sports (shame on you, Putin). But the Games, if nothing else, have once again brought the gloriously bizarre sport of ice skating (and dancing) back to primetime TV. The soon to-be-crowned official "Disney Cartoons Reincarnated As Real People" partners, Meryl Davis and Charlie Whitewon gold earlier this week (along with the award for most covetable men's hair), and hopefully Gracie Gold will be getting gilded today in the Ladies Free Skate. Along with the American figure skating successes in Sochi, this week marks the anniversary of Olympic achievements past: 12 years since a 16-year-old Sarah Hughes won gold in Salt Lake City, 16 years since Tara Lipinski won in Nagano, and 22 since Kristi Yamaguchi took the top prize in Albertville (who knew that was a place?).

The Olympic torch will be extinguished (this time on purpose, as opposed to the previous 44 times and counting since the opening ceremonies) on Sunday, so let's reflect on all the glorious beauty and fashion moments figure skating has brought our way: aggressive usage of pastel blue, pink, and purple eyeshadow; crushed velvet; sparkles and/or glitter worn whenever possible (this is really something us civilians should consider adopting); the always unflattering opaque nude tights; a healthy helping of hairspray, and Johnny Weir [16, 26] in all his glory. God bless you, Johnny Weir.

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  • Katy

    I would die for a Top Shelf with Johnny Weir!

    • Natalie

      YES TO THE POWER OF 1000.

    • Robin Sparkles

      YES PLEASE

  • http://www.winonainc.com/ Edwina@WINONA,INC.

    Shot #30 of Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsal stopped my roll through the slideshow. Doesn't do much for Nikita. It's her costume that's the focus here. And it's wonderful!

    • Amanda Raponi

      I thought her makeup was gorgeous these Olympics! She is already a beautiful girl though.

  • Angela_E

    Noticably absent are perhaps the two most attractive people ever to become figure skaters: husband/wife pairs team Yekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov. They won gold for the USSR in 1988 and gold again for the Russian Federation in 1994. Katia was promptly photographed for Vogue magazine after their 1988 win (see below).

    • murt

      Definitely!!! They were the best ever!!! I loved Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze too - they were such a beautiful team.

    • Leah

      I loved these costumes. So elegant
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  • russian_girl

    Why so few skaters from Russia? There are a lot of gold medalists among them. And today the russian girl Adelina Sotnikova won gold medal!!

    • murt

      True - Irina Slutskaya was my favourite!!! (Though I think that even though Oksana Baiul is Ukranian and skated for Ukraine, her background is actually Russian.)

  • sailorj

    It's Yuna Kim-you can't trust Wiki for research! Take it from those of us who went to college in the 90's

  • murt

    So sad what happened to Laurence Owen (and basically the entire US Figure skating elite team at that time...) - she died just a couple days after that Sports Illustrated magazine cover came out.

  • murt

    I don't think Katerina Witt's tights were ever opaque... at some points I think that created controversy because she didn't shave her bikini line.

  • Lauren Isbell

    Her name is Yuna Kim, not Kim Yuna.

  • CK

    Make cute boys version with Yuzuru Hanyu and Michael Martinez! I was hoping I'd see at least Hanyu here.

  • murt

    I heard somewhere that it was one side of her family that was Russian - her maternal side or something.

  • maiastras

    ITG, how could you possibly miss Sonja Henie?! http://mysite.verizon.net/res0qaye/id15.html

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