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 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.

Nice skater, but she just didn't have the magic and dynamic for me. I never saw her live, maybe she translated better than on T.V., I don't know. Never got the superwomen she was potrayed as by many, including the judges. - roughstuff

Nothing special and way overrated.Her signature is doing a Smiral. And she flutzes.

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5 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.

Moo Asada is so overrated. Her so much.

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6 Sonia Henie

3 Olympic gold medals

7 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

8 Yulia Lipnitskaya

Yulia the best!

The best..

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

Best figure skater ever - AliciaMae

9 Carol Heiss

I know her

10 Peggy Fleming

The Contenders

11 Dorothy Hamill
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 Evgenia Medvedeva

The best of the best

She is a top ❣️

14 Tonya Harding


15 Kaetlyn Osmond

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

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

16 Carolina Kostner
17 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

18 Midori Ito
19 Sasha Cohen

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

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.

20 Tenley Albright
21 Janet Lynn

Ethereal and beautiful, athletic and graceful, intensely musical.

22 Gracie Gold
23 Tara Lipinski
24 Mirai Nagasu

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

25 Alina Zagitova
26 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

27 Yuka Sato
28 Elizabeth Manley
29 Maria Butyrskaya
30 Miki Ando
31 Chen Lu
32 Anett Pötzsch
33 Bradie Tennell
34 Karen Magnussen
35 Madge Syers
36 Trixi Schuba
37 Rosalynn Sumners
38 Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
39 Sarah Hughes
40 Sandy Lenz

Exquisite skater. Best skater of the 1980 Olympics.

41 Angela Nikodinov
42 Anna Pogorilaya
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