The 10 Best Olympic Figure Skating Costumes Of All Time


Figure skating costumes are one of my greatest joys of life. They’re gaudy, they’re glitzy, they’re designed to be worn while performing amazing feats of athletic achievement. I could look at them all day every day and that’s just reason #452 of the #8436277 reasons I am so freaking excited for the figure skating at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  Whatever anyone wears on the ice this year is bound to be better than the Ralph Lauren-designed opening ceremony uniforms, that’s for sure.

In the expert opinion of me and me only, here are the top ten Olympic figure skating costumes of all time. I chose mostly tasteful ones, but do let me know if you’d appreciate a companion post on the worst (aka gaudiest, most bedazzled, and weirdest) figure skating costumes. Feel free to argue with me and bring up alternatives in the comments. Just don’t step to my choice of Johnny Weir.

Peggy Fleming at the 1968 Olympics

Peggy Fleming in amazing chartreuse in 1968. Photo: John G. Zimmerman /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Dorothy Hamill at the 1976 Olympics

Dorothy Hamill, in her trademark wedge haircut, wore a pleasantly pink costume to win the gold medal in 1976. Photo: Tony Triolo /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Tai Babilonia And Randy Gardner

Ok, this isn't an Olympic performance PER SE but holy shit, rainbows! This is so 70s and so amazing. (Photo: Tony Duffy/Getty Images)

Debi Thomas at the 1988 Olympics

Debi Thomas wore this bold bodystocking for her short program at the 1988 Olympics. Outfits like this, in Olympic competition, are still rare. Photo: MARK CARDWELL/AFP/Getty Images

Katarina Witt at the 1994 Olympics

Katarina Witt was always known for her interesting costumes, but this gender-bending Robin Hood costume surprised everyone. Photo: Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT

Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympics

Nancy Kerrigan's understated Vera Wang costume at the 1994 Olympics is almost as famous as the scandal with Tonya Harding that happened just a few weeks before the competition. Photo: Clive Brunskill/ALLSPORT

Michelle Kwan at the 2002 Olympics

I am a sucker for Michelle Kwan in red, like she wore at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City. Photo: Mike Powell/Getty Images

Sasha Cohen at the 2006 Olympics

Sasha Cohen's costume is so pretty, so classy. It's bold without being garish. PhotoL Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Johnny Weir at the 2006 Olympics

Johnny Weir wore this swan-inspired costume, with one red glove at the 2006 Olympics and I loved every minute of it. He reportedly named the costume "Camille." Photo: Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto at the 2010 Olympics

These costumes from ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto are kind of ugly, but that brand of ugly that is also close to amazing. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

If you, like me, never tire of looking at figure skating costumes, I highly recommend the Figure Skating Costumes tumblr as well as the Skating Fugly tumblr. There are plenty of hours of sequined procrastination on those pages.

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    • Kaitlin Reilly

      Debi Thomas is an 80s dream here. Love it.

    • Lindsey Conklin

      Sasha Cowen… yes!!

      • Avril111

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    • Porkchop

      There is no conversation about skating costumes without Gordeeva and Grinkov:

      I don’t think this is at the Olympics either, but…

      • Carrie Murphy

        I know! I almost included them but I had already included two costumes from the 94 Olympics, so they had to go :( I almost included these pretty blue ombre ones from the 80s, too.

      • Carrie Murphy

        Also I’m still crying over Sergei Grinkov.

    • Mandie

      That seventies one is amazing! That 70s Show wasn’t lying…

    • pdxrunner

      I would have to include the Jane Torvill & Christopher Dean costums from the

      OSP Paso Doble He as the matador she is his cape

    • ascholarsparrot

      I really loved the Katarina Witt costume too – so different from what she usually wore. Now it’s the first thing I think of when I hear her name.

    • glitterforbrains

      I now desperately want a companion piece on the worst costumes! Please.

    • SonnyB

      Given that Belbin and Agosto are ice dancers, not pair skaters, shows the author’s lack of knowledge about figure skating.

      • Carrie Murphy


    • Hayley Mohan

      Those are some bonkers highlights.