Who do you think is the most decorated single figure skater of all time?
Katarina Witt is one skater that comes to my mine.
2 time Olympic Gold medalist
4 time World Champion
2 time World Silver medalist
Other than Sonja Henie, Katarina Witt is the only ladies single skater to win 6 consecutive European Champion ships.
Witt is one of the successful figure skaters of all times.
Other than Sonja Henie? Because she has 10 world championship medals, 6 european championship medals, and 3 olympic gold medals. No one really comes close to matching that.
An interesting question. I suppose it depends on what it means to be "decorated." Take all the hardware the skater has ever won in competition at any level and weigh it?
The United States Figure Skating Association is fond of calling Michelle Kwan the "most decorated female skater in U.S. history," specifically to avoid having to say "the best," or language of this sort. Michelle won 40 somethings-or-other. She's loaded down.
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1.Sonja Henie- 10 World titles, 3 Olympic Golds
2. Katarina Witt- 4 World titles, 2 Olympic Golds
3. Carol Heiss- Olympic Gold, Olympic Silver, 5 World titles
4. Sjouke Djikstra- 3 Worlds titles, Olympic Gold, Olympic Silver
5. Yu Na Kim- medals in every competition she ever competed in, Olympic Gold, Olympic Silver, 6 World medals
6. Herma Plack Szabo- 5 World titles, Olympic Gold (plus all her pairs titles but the title specified singles)
7. Kristi Yamaguchi- World title, Olympic Gold, World title back to back, 4 World Pro titles
8. Peggy Fleming- 3 straight World titles, Olympic Gold
9-10. Some combination of Kwan, Hamill, Scott, Schuba, and others
2 time Oly gold medalist
2 time Oly silver
3 time WCH gold
1 time WCH silver
1 time WCH bronze
7 time ECH gold
3 time ECH silver
10 time Russian Champ gold
4 time GPF gold
2 time GPFsilver
1 time GPF bronze
18 time GP gold
3 time GP silver
1 time JWCH gold
For men would it be Ulrich Salchow?
10 times World Champion
3x silver medalist at World Championships
9 times European Champion
1x bronze medalist at European Championships
1908 Olympic Champion
1920 Olympics 4th
He was also president of the ISU
If you count everything
Originally Posted by plushyfan
2 Olympic gold
4 World gold
2 World silver
1 Skate Canada Gold
3 NHK Trophy Gold
1 NHK Trophy Silver
8 Nationals East Germany Gold
1 Nationals East Germany Silver
1 Nationals East Germany Bronze
Gadfly and Bon Vivant
A small reason I was sad that Yuna Kim wasn't awarded gold in Sochi...
It means that Katarina Witt is _still_ the only post Henie lady to win consecutive OGMs (and I prefer Kim about 7567 times over Witt, maybe 7568 times). And Kim was the last likely to ever do so.
Witt was an amazingly nervy competitor, but her skating, as skating, wasn't.. that... memorable....
I remember reading that the first world title Sonia Henie won was controversial. On a judging panel with 5 judges, 3 of them were Norwegian.
The three Norwegian judges placed Henie first, while the German and Austrian judges placed Szabo of Austria first!
The world championships for ladies were held in Oslo, Norway.
For men as well :
- Karl Schäfer:
2 times OGM, one fourth place
7 times WGM, 2 times WSM, 1 time WBM
8 times EGM (Europena champion), 1 ESM, 1 EBM
- Gillis Grafström
3 times OGM, 1 time OSM
3 times WGM
strangely no European Medal
Given the result last week, it proves the Olympic medals are worthless anyway.
Originally Posted by Mafke
I like how Yuna said she doesn't want to be remembered as gold or silver winner, just remembered as a skater Yuna Kim.
I think that sums up everything.
Did I miss something? They did not have the GPF when Katarina Witt competed. The GPS started in 1995/96 season.
Originally Posted by millie
Originally Posted by Npmonice
Upon till 1998 it was called Champion Series Final and the they changed it to the Grand Pre Final.
Originally Posted by Ven
I was trying to get away from the topic of who was robbed at this Olympics and Yuna. Yuna is not one of the most decorated skaters of all time.
Yes now I remember the name. I also remember the excitement that skaters would earn money. But before 1995/96 season they did not have the final. So Katarina Witt would not have been in a final, which was my point
Originally Posted by millie