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 OlympicsPeggy Fleming in amazing chartreuse in 1968. Photo: John G. Zimmerman /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
Dorothy Hamill at the 1976 OlympicsDorothy 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 GardnerOk, 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 OlympicsDebi 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 OlympicsKatarina 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 OlympicsNancy 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 OlympicsI 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 OlympicsSasha Cohen's costume is so pretty, so classy. It's bold without being garish. PhotoL Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Johnny Weir at the 2006 OlympicsJohnny 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 OlympicsThese 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.