Ladies skaters everyone should know?

Skater Boy

Record Breaker
Feb 24, 2012
This could be a multi loaded question and interpreted in many ways. Good, bad, famous, infamous...many reasons.

Michelle Kwan, Sonja Henie, Mao Asada,Yuna Kim, Kristi Yamguchi, - all for being wonderful skaters.

Katarina Witt the best competitor ever.

Midori Ito for starting the jumping and triple axel.

Oksana Baiul for her pure magic in skating.

Nancy Kerrigan for her dresses and being the victim of Tonya Harding and friends

Tonya Harding for her association with the blow heard across the world.

Josee Chouinard for the biggest talent who kept choking.

Sotnikova, Lipinskaya, Pogoloraya, Zagitova, Medeveda, Radinova for the Russian wave of excellence

Maria B and Irina S for really putting Russia onthe map for ladies

Kira Ivanova for winning Russia's first women Olympic medal

Lucinda Ruh for her magical spins.

Ashley Wagner for her honesty and being forthwith

Gracie Gold for her great skates and struggles

Trixie Schuba for her school figures


Gazing at a Glorious Great Lakes sunset
Record Breaker
Aug 12, 2014
Did you know her constant spinning actually caused her brain damage? She writes about it in her biography "Frozen teardrop"

Ugh ... I didn't know that. What a shame. I hope she's able to work with and rise above any difficulties that may cause her.


Record Breaker
Nov 21, 2015
Mao Asada - for the technical abilities but also for the skating skills, the best steps sequences in ladies figure skating and the programs were all great: she had the privilege to work with both Tatiana Tarasova and Lori Nichol, she had a bit of the russian style, a bit of the north american and a bit of the japanese.

Sasha Cohen - as someone who started to follow figure skating after 2006, i have to make a confession: most programs pre-IJS aged pretty bad. I find most of them too empty it makes figure skating look too easy. Sasha thanks to her charisma, her spins, and most importantly her spirals, she was very impressive to watch even back then.

Carolina Kostner - great personality, for her it was always about the performance, the emotions, she was never all business.

Kaetlyn Osmond - to show how great musicality makes things more impactful.

Midori Ito - mostly for the 3A and how enourmous that was.

Kamila Valieva, Alexandra Trusova, Julia Lipnitskaya, Alina Zagitova, Alena Kostornaya, Evgenia Medvedeva to show how impressive are the new generations.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva - to show that today's figure skating doesn't end at the age of 18-19.


Oct 29, 2016
Kaetlyn Osmond. There was power and a great presence, not just technical details. There is no other skater like that at the moment (apart from Carolina). And she seems to be a very balanced and good person also.

Mr Cat

Nov 7, 2018
I interpreted this thread as relatively unknown skaters who should be better known...

1) Nana Takeda (JPN) Sublime triple loop and probably the best layback ever to come out of Japan. Her surprise NHK Trophy bronze was her career highlight.

2) Mai Asada (JPN) the lesser known of the Asada sisters, gorgeous posture and carriage, gentle ease and musical to boot. Her "Amethyst" long program was my favorite. Would have been much better suited to 6.0 system IMO

3) Anna Kondrashova (USSR) the only 80's Soviet skater I enjoyed. Loved her sense of drama, style, and theatrical flair. Dick and Peggy were fans! Check out her Zorba the Greek and wonderful Fantasie Impromptu sp from 1984

4) Nathalie Krieg (USA) Everyone knows Lucinda Ruh but Nathalie was the other phenom Swiss spinner. Triple jumps were her nemesis but I loved her spunk, speed, and energy! A total energizer bunny

5) Ye Bin Mok (USA) the first "great" Korean lady skater (although she moved to the US in her early teens). Supremely graceful and elegant, I wish we got to see more of her in the 90's and early 00's. Her Swan program was a favorite!

6) Shirene Human (RSA) Still the most talented skater to come out of Africa. BEAUTIFUL edges and basic skating skills, check out her 1998 Nagano SP

7) Julia Sebesteyen (HUN) The Hungarian powerhouse! Sky-high jumps but also a mature and non-superfluous style, solid skating skills

8) Zijun Li (CHN) struggled with injuries and a deep field, but her wonderful Sleeping Beauty long program from Worlds shows she could have been a big contender

9) Olga Markova (RUS) Was shamefully denied a spot on the 1994 Olympic team (although IIRC Butyrskaya blew it at 1993 worlds). Campy, gorgeous, and stylish. Had some entertaining (and slightly demented) exhibitions in her day

10) Rory Burghart (USA) A rather unsuccessful amateur career gave rise to professional skating stardom after the great skating boom in the 90s. First rate performer and incredibly flexible! Best Russian splits in the business


On the Ice
Jan 5, 2008
I interpreted this thread as relatively unknown skaters who should be better known...

1) Nana Takeda (JPN) Sublime triple loop and probably the best layback ever to come out of Japan. Her surprise NHK Trophy bronze was her career highlight.

I am glad that someone mentioned Nana Takeda. Thanks Mr. Cat. After falling in love with Mirai Nagasu and her coach in Juniors at 2007 U.S. Nationals (where Mirai was junior champion), my wife and I decided to go to Junior Worlds in Oberstdorf to watch Mirai again in case we never saw her again. One of the three Japanese junior ladies was Nana. I have never seen someone with as wonderful a smile as she had. She seemed to walk around in a joyous bubble and it made you happy just to see her, either on the ice or just walking around the concourse. I am sorry that she never really made it as a senior but I am so glad I saw her as a junior.

I just did a search on YouTube and found the following videos of her. It warmed my heart just to see her big smile again.


Record Breaker
Jan 27, 2013
Two words..."Kaetlyn Osmond". The most complete skater of her skating generation, if there ever was one.


Record Breaker
Oct 20, 2017
There are many, so I will just name 5

Evgenia Medvedeva
Sasha Cohen
Mao Asada
Janet Lynne
Peggy Fleming


Record Breaker
Jun 11, 2012
Michelle Kwan — I'm shocked she hasn't been mentioned.
Mao Asada
Lu Chen
Yuna Kim
Kaetlyn Osmond

I was tabbing through this thread and was also shocked that Michelle Kwan wasn't mentioned earlier. And would definitely agree about Julia Lip and her Schindler's List.


Feb 16, 2010
Sandy her 1980 Olympic long program. No triples but first rate quality, Dick Button goes gaga over her style and finesse. And watch for the LONG circular spiral at the finale of the program. Takes my breathe away every time !

Coached by the Scotvolds IIRC

Thanks for the Sandy Lenz link. I watched the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics as a kid, but missed out on the 1980 Olympics during my first year of college and no access to a TV. My 1980 memories are of after the games highlights. I didn't remember Lenz.