The 20 Most Memorable Figure Skating Dresses of All Time

Meghan Blalock
The 20 Most Memorable Figure Skating Dresses of All Time
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With the Sochi Olympics officially in full swing, the whole world seems to be talking about the stunning performance given by 15-year-old Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya to win a gold medal in the new teenage category. Women’s figure skating is one of the only winter Olympic sports that is the rare combination of sheer athleticism, artistic movement, and sparkly costumes.

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In that spirit, we’re taking a look back at some of the most memorable figure skating dresses of all time. Some of them are memorable because the ladies who wore them went on to score gold–and some of them are memorable in and of themselves, completely separate from the routine and the medal it may or may not have earned the athlete.

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Click through the gallery above to see the 20 most memorable figure skating dresses of all time, all the way back to Peggy Fleming’s ultra-chic lime green dress from the 1968 Olympics.

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Peggy Fleming wore this unforgettable lime green dress at the Grenoble Olympics, a performance which earned her the gold medal.


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At the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, Dorothy Hamill chose a solid red dress for her gold medal-winning routine.


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For her gold medal-winning free skate at the Albertville, France Olympics Kristi Yamaguchi wore an unforgettable black dress with gold lace overlay.


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During the World Championships, Nancy Kerrigan first showed her love for black-and-white lace with this low-back halter dress.

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For her gold medal winning program at the National Championships, Tonya Harding wore a deep-plunging cobalt blue dress with gold trim.

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For free program at the Lillehammer Olympics, the now infamous Tonya Harding wore this memorable burgundy velvet dress with silver embroidery.

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For her short program in Boston, Nancy Kerrigan wore a memorable, color blocked black-and-white design.


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During the Lillehammer Olympics, before Tonya Harding's security guard attacked her backstage, Nancy Kerrigan wore this gorgeous white lace dress.


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Michelle Kwan turned heads in this two-piece, Bollywood-inspired design for her free skate performance at the World Championships.

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Tara Lipinski skated in this cerulean dress at the National Championships held in Philadelphia.


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Tara Lipinski wore this memorable milkmaid-inspired costume for hre Nationa Championship short program in 1998. She also memorably fell onto the ice and slipped back to finish fourth place.


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During the Nagano Olympics, Michelle Kwan wore this unforgettable lilac velvet spaghetti strap dress for the free skate. Kwan took home the silver medal at the competition.


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Michelle Kwan wore an appropriately shimmery dress for the World Championships exhibition program, after she took home the fold medal in the women's competition earlier that day.


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The always stylishly daring Sasha Cohen wore this all-black dress with a mesh upper and sleeves for the National Championships, where she took home the silver medal and earned a spot on the Olympic team.

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Sasha Cohen lit up the ice in this fire-inspired dress during her free skate at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.



Cohen took a more ladylike route for her short program at the Salt Lake City Olympics, opting for this lavender ombré dress.


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Emily Hughes stunned in this powder-blue costume for her free skate program during the Turin Olympics.


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Blue was Hughes' color of choice that year. She also wore this cobalt design during the Olympics in Torino.


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Yamaguchi wore this pretty lilac ombré dress for a special performance in Washington, D.C. in 2007.

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15-year-old skating prodgy Yulia Lipnitskaya won gold in the new teen category at this year's Sochi Olympic game.


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