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The 20 Most Gorgeous Olympic Figure Skaters of All-Time

by: Esteban On  Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hottest Olympic Figure Skaters

With the 2014 Winter Olympics now just two weeks away, it’s time to once again become an avid figure skating fan. Sure, you don’t care a lick about the sport for 206 straight weeks. But for the two weeks that the Olympic figure skating competition is going on, you know all about axels and lutzes and toe loops and salchows. In fact, for those two weeks, you’re pretty much an expert.

Today we’re going to get the ball rolling on your quadrennial enthusiasm for figure skating with a list of the most gorgeous skaters in the history of the Winter Games. Some of them you’ll probably remember; others you probably won’t. But that’s okay. The list will double as a (pretty poor) history lesson.

Let’s get to it then, shall we?


20. Maria Mukhortova

20 maria mukhortova - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: Russia
Games: Vancouver 2010

You’d have to be a pretty avid figure skating fan to have heard of Maria Mukhortova. She and her partner finished 7th in the pairs competition in Vancouver four years ago. (Only the seventh best team in the entire world? Man, what losers, amiright?)


19. Miki Ando

19 miki ando - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: Japan
Games: Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010

Even though she’s just 26, Miki Ando won’t be making a third appearance at the Olympics this year after finishing a disappointing 7th in the Japanese championships. So her 15th and 5th place finishes in ’06 and ’10 will have to do.


18. Petra Burka

11 petra burka - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: Canada
Games: Innsbruck 1964

Petra Burka took bronze in ladies singles way back in 1964. However, the following year she would take gold at the World Championships, so apparently she just peaked a year too late.



17. Isabelle Pieman

18 isabella pieman - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: Belgium
Games: Vancouver 2010

Isabelle finished 25th in Vancouver, so in terms of performance her Olympic career was pretty forgettable. However, she has a lovely face and pie-man, so that’s something.


16. Michelle Kwan


Country: USA
Games: Nagano 1998, Salt Lake City 2002

Despite never winning the gold, the adorable Michelle Kwan was the face of American figure skating for five or six years. She took silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002.



15. Ashley Wagner

16 ashley wagner - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: USA
Games: Sochi 2014

There was a bit of a controversy these year when U.S. Figure Skating chose Wagner for the third singles spot on their Olympic roster, even though she finished fourth at Nationals. Some said it was because NBC had already started marketing her because she’s so pretty. Others went even further and said it was racism—because the woman who finished third, is of Asian descent.

Fortunately, those theories are stupid. For one, some of America’s biggest figure skating stars—like Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan—have been Asian-American. More importantly, the fact is that Wagner had been the best skater for the U.S. over the last two years, and the federation was not about to throw all that out because she had one terrible skate.

But yeah, okay, Ashley Wagner is pretty freakin cute.



14. Meagan Duhamel

15 meaghan duhamel - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: Canada
Games: Sochi 2014

Meagan Duhamel and her partner, Eric Radford, will be making their Olympic debut in pairs skating this year. They make one pretty good-looking couple.


13. Nancy Kerrigan

14 nancy kerrigan - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: USA
Games: Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994

For you kids out there…um, funny story about Nancy Kerrigan. The husband of her main rival, Tonya Harding, kinda sorta hired a guy to whack Kerrigan’s knees with a crowbar before the ’94 Games. Fortunately no major damage was done, and she followed up her bronze in Albertville with a silver in Lillehammer.


12. Dorothy Hamill


Country: USA
Games: Innsbruck 1976

Despite her ridiculous 70s mushroom haircut, Dorothy Hamill became America’s Sweetheart when she captured figure skating gold in 1976.



11. Gracie Gold


Country: USA
Games: Sochi 2014

Meet the 2014 United States women’s figure skating champion, Gracie Gold. She’s just 18 years old, she’s absolutely beautiful, and she could not have a more fitting name. Look for her to be a huge star for the USA at the Sochi Games.


10. Stefania Berton

10 stefania berton - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: Italy
Games: Sochi 2014

This 23-year-old from Milan started out in singles and tried her hand at ice dancing before settling on pairs figure skating. This year she and her partner, the Italian-sounding Ondrej Hotarek, will make their Olympic debut.


9. Carol Heiss

9 carol heiss - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: USA
Games: Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956, California 1960

The absolutely lovely Carol Heiss won silver in 1956 and then brought home the gold on home soil in 1960…before going on to star as Snow White in Snow White and the Three Stooges. 


8. Eva Pawlik

8 eva pawlik - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: Austria
Games: St. Moritz 1948

Gorgeous Austrian Eva Pawlik took silver at the ’48 games in Switzerland. After her Olympic career ended, she became an actress and then the very first European figure skater to work as a TV figure skating commentator.


7. Kim Yuna

7 kim yu na - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: South Korea
Games: Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014

The gorgeous Yuna became one of the biggest celebrities in South Korea after taking home gold in 2010. Since then the now-23-year-old has continued to dominate on the world stage, and in Sochi she will look to become just the third woman ever to win back-to-back gold in figure skating.


6. Tessa Virtue

6 tessa virtue - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: Canada
Games: Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014

The amazing Tessa Virtue and her partner, Scott Moir, took home ice dancing gold on home soil in Vancouver four years ago. Do they have one more gold medal performance left in the tank?


5. Peggy Flemming

5 peggy flemming - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: USA
Games: Innsbruck 1964, Grenoble 1968

Peggy Flemming is right up there in the pantheon of beloved American female Olympians with Mary Lou Retton and Dorothy Hamill. After taking 6th place at the age of 15, she took home gold at the age of 19 in 1968.


4. Katarina Witt

4 katarina witt - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: Germany
Games: Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988

Katarina Witt is the only woman in modern* Olympic history to win gold in singles figure skating back-to-back. Witt is also the only Olympic figure skating champion to pose nude for Playboy.

*Norway’s Sonja Henie won it in ’28, ’32, and ’36



3. Tanith Belbin

3 tanith belbin - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: USA
Games: Toroni 2006, Vancouver 2010

Ice dancer Tanith Belbin could have competed for either Canada of the United State because she has dual citizenship. She chose the United States, because USA! USA! USA!

Okay, in all seriousness, Belbin, now retired, was almost as good as she is hot. She and her partner won silver in 2006 and just missed the podium in 2010.


2. Sasha Cohen

2 sasha cohen - hottest olympic figure skaters all-time

Country: USA
Games: Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006

Sasha Cohen finished fourth in Salt Lake City, but in Torino she stepped up and grabbed the silver.

Don’t think she’s worthy of the #2 overall spot on this list? Well then obviously you have not seen the skater’s Instagram or Twitter feeds. Holy moly.



1. Kiira Korpi

Kiira Korpi

Country: Finland
Games: Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010

Taking the top spot it Finland’s Kiira Korpi. She may not have any Olympic medals in her torphy case, having finished 16th and 11th and the previous two Games, but she certainly is insanely beautiful.