Top Ten Greatest Female Figure Skaters of All-Time

We've crunched the numbers. We've pored over the record books. We've reviewed history. And now we reveal our top 10 ladies skaters of all-time.

The Top Ten

1 Yu-Na Kim

She brought me into figure skating and changed my view as a sport fan. She showed me that there is no boarders when it comes to rooting for someone in the sport no matter where he comes from, because how can you not appreciate something so obviously talented and great when you watch her skating. She has a special place in my heart forever.

Nobody ever combined both the technical and athletic side of skating, the artistic part, and the overall skating quality and basics part, as well as she has, at such a high level in each.

With her Being the One and Only to light the cauldron at the 2018 games is what made me cry during the opening ceremony at PyeongChang. So beautiful

She is so graceful, yet so powerful and elegant. The perfect female skater.

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2 Adelina Sotnikova

Garbage. Spam and/or bot voting is the only reason she's number one. She doesn't even deserve to be in the top 50!

Awful skater. Boring choreography, improperly-edged jumps, yet favored by corrupt judges. Queen Yuna forever.

Her 2014 Olympic gold medal performance was brilliant and was unfairly critiqued after the fact. Nonetheless, after an ACL injury, she has proven to be a one hit wonder. Not even in the top 100.

Her Olympic win was such a sham result, that I nearly quit watching skating. and I am not even a big fan of either her, or any of her competitors- Yu Na, Mao, Miki, Kostner, the other Russians so I had no ax to grind. Yes she did skate very well and the best she ever had, but clearly not the best, and there was blatant corruption involved. - roughstuff

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3 Katarina Witt

People talk about her artistry but forget from 82-85 she was arguably the best jumper in the world, outside of young Ito. She did the first ever triple flip, she had triple loop, triple toe, triple salchow, a double lutz-triple toe combination and double flip-triple toe combination which were really hard for the time. Only at the end when younger generations who were being trained for post figures, and when her body changed, did she fall behind athletically. - feisty37

She is only up there if you judge results only, and not skating. Skating wise she isn't anywhere near the top all time, as much as I respect her as a competitor and star. Perhaps the best competitor ever though. - morrislawes

Twice olympic champion

Not the best jumper but incredibly beautiful artist and great competitor.

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4 Mao Asada

I respect her so much since she tried to take risks she didn't have to take to win, and it even hurt her sometimes. She wanted to push the sport forward. She is one of the most beautiful artistic skaters out there, yet pushed things with triple axels and difficult triple-triple combos from when she was 14. Incredible champion and skater. in my opinion underappreciated in part since she was in the shadow of her rival, the great Yu Na Kim. In any other era she would be the standout. - roughstuff

She and Yu Na, 1-2 all time in either order. Nobody has the whole package to them.

Beautiful artistry, great spins, and triple axels! What is not to love.

She has it all except for consistency especially with her triple axel. She may not have won an OGM but she's undeniably one the best female skaters of all time. End of discussion!

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5 Kristi Yamaguchi

Should be higher. There is no way she should be below someone like Michelle Kwan, and don't even make me laugh at her being behind Lipnitskaya and Sotnikova, the ultimate 1 hit/1 season wonders if there ever were ones. - feisty37

6 Michelle Kwan

Overrated. No Olympic Gold, no Four Continents title (or even appearance), only 1 win at the grand prix final. Winning worlds 5 times is a great stat, but the only super impressive thing about her career. - quackerpacker

Pretty boring for me, just consistent and solid all around, but nothing that grabbed me.

Good artistry, but technical abilities far below people like Yu Na Kim, Midori Ito, Kristi Yamaguchi, and the Russians. And even in artistry she is below Chen and Cohen from her own era. Good but overrated. - tuckerplace

The condescension of most of these comments is unfortunate. Were they watching? It just wasn’t her artistry and musicality. It was her soul. While others worked too hard or, frankly, were bland, Michelle gave us her continual joy In the very act of skating. Was there anything as spiritual as her Lyra Angelica?

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7 Evgenia Medvedeva

The best of the best

Queen of ice skating


She is a top ❣️

8 Yulia Lipnitskaya

Yulia the best!

The best..

2014 in Sochi... That's all I have to say

Best figure skater ever - AliciaMae

9 Herma Szabo

5 straight world titles and an Olympic Gold in ladies. 3 straight world titles in pairs. Truly the best overall womens skater ever. - feisty37

10 Sonia Henie

3 Olympic gold medals

3 consecutive Olympic gold medals during a streak of 10 consecutive World Championships. Both feats that have never been matched. And I don’t care what year it was. Kim, Witt, Kwan & Yamaguchi...none of them have more than 2 Olympic medals and only 2 golds between the four of them. How does Sonia Henie not rank as #1 every single time. And I don’t care about what year it was or the level of competition. Every Olympian in history has faced equal level opponents in that year’s Olympics.

The Contenders

11 Alina Zagitova

Alina Zagitova is a awesome skater and by doing all those jumps she should be quite good

12 Irina Slutskaya

She had a lot of success but was in a pretty weak era where she had no real competition except Michelle Kwan most of the way, and still didn't achieve as much as she could, choking away golds at the 97, 2000, and 2001 worlds, and 2002 and 2006 Olympics. Inflated on this list to even be top 10ish. Despite that she has more medals I would put her even behind someone like Carolina Kostner in Europe. - morrislawes

13 Yuka Sato
14 Chen Lu
15 Carol Heiss

I know her

16 Peggy Fleming
17 Carolina Kostner

Beautiful skater to watch. Not the most consistent when it comes to the technical ability, but always a beauty to watch. And when she puts it together, gorgeous!

18 Dorothy Hamill
19 Tonya Harding

Without a doubt the best Female Skater in the history of Figure Skating



20 Kaetlyn Osmond

She is amazing! She deserves to be in the top 10!

Silver medalist world champion. Vote her in the top ten!

21 Sasha Cohen

The most artistic figure skater of all time. - Sa26

The most artistic skater ever. As Piggy Felming said she never hit a bad position.

Sasha was the best artist,& musical.Spirals & spins excellent.Very limber.Balletic.Perhaps a bit hard to coach, stubborn
Nerves got to.her.Yet always a favourite of mine.

Many skaters can jump but only Sasha was really a ballerina on ice, she had the best positions and lines.

She was a true artist.

22 Oksana Baiul

She isn't that good. It should be clear by now she was a flash in the pan success, boosted by a bit of overhype of her abilities at the time due to the excitement of her youth and X factor appeal. - morrislawes

23 Gracie Gold
24 Midori Ito
25 Tenley Albright
26 Janet Lynn

Ethereal and beautiful, athletic and graceful, intensely musical.

27 Tara Lipinski
28 Bradie Tennell
29 Sarah Hughes
30 Rika Kihira
31 Mirai Nagasu

She is the first American lady skater to land a triple axel at an Olympics.

32 Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
33 Sandy Lenz

Exquisite skater. Best skater of the 1980 Olympics.

34 Angela Nikodinov
35 Anna Pogorilaya
36 Elizabeth Manley
37 Maria Butyrskaya
38 Miki Ando
39 Anett Pötzsch
40 Karen Magnussen
41 Madge Syers
42 Trixi Schuba
43 Rosalynn Sumners
44 Nancy Kerrigan
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