Winner of the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal in Figure Skating; Inducted into the World and US Figure Skating Halls of Fame as well as the USOC Hall of Fame; Host of "What Would Bryan Make?" on Food Network
Dick Butkus was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame, only six years after he retired from his legendary career with the Chicago Bears. After repeated appearances as the starring Middle-Linebacker in the NGL Pro-Bowl, he was selected to the NFL's "All-Time Team."
Every four years the Olympic Games produce a new group of champions, but only rarely does one of these champions transcend their sport to completely capture our imaginations. Such was the case when nineteen year old figure skater Dorothy Hamill won her Gold Medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
"Always dream," says Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi always dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion and her dedication to that dream paid off. Through her hard work and determination, Kristi won the gold medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Michelle Kwan is one of the most popular winter Olympians of all-time. An Olympic silver and bronze medalist, Kwan earned her seventh World medal in March (a silver) to become the most decorated figure skater in World Championship history, including four titles.
One of America's most popular and versatile performers, Nancy Kerrigan is known for her beauty and great artistry on ice. U.S. Champion and winner of two Olympic and World medals, she is a rare talent and a true delight to watch, and has become an audience favorite wherever she appears.
One of the most consistent ladies figure skaters in the world over the past three seasons, Hughes continues to progress technically and artistically at each event. A veteran of two U.S. World Teams, Hughes secured her third U.S. World Team berth with a silver medal performance at the 2001 U.S. Championships in Boston. Hughes favorite quote is "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."
Meryl Davis and Charlie White have been partners on the ice since they were paired up in 1997 and are the longest running ice dance partnership in the US.
Dick Button has the rare distinction of having won both an Emmy Award and an Olympic gold medal. Mr. Button, who has served since 1962 as an ABC Sports expert commentator on figure skating on "ABC's Wide World of Sports" and ABC's coverage of the Winter Olympics, received the 1980-81 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality - Analyst.
Lysacek is the 2009 World champion, 2009 Grand Prix Final champion, a two-time World bronze medalist (2005-06), a two-time U.S. champion (2007-08) and a two-time Four Continents champion (2005, 2007) .
At the age of twenty-three, three-time U.S. Champion Johnny Weir is one of the superstars of figure skating. Fans all over the world love his fluid, elegant style.
Mirai Nagasu is an American figure skater. She is the 2008 U.S. national champion, the 2010 U.S. silver medalist, and the 2007-2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion.
Oksana started skating at the age of four. She won her first competition when she was seven years old. Her mother hoped that Oksana would become a ballerina some day and she became... the ballerina on ice...
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir caught the World's attention in 2006 when they became the first Canadian Ice Dancers to win the Junior World Championships.
In 2008, Belbin and Agosto left longtime coaches Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva. "It was scary as a career move. To be this far along and make such a huge change is a risk," Belbin explains.
Tara Lipinski is the youngest Olympic, World and U.S. National Ladies Figure Skating Champion in history. Tara surpassed Sonja Henie's long standing records when she won the World Championship at age 14 and skated to Olympic Gold in Nagano, Japan at age 15. In Nagano, she also became the youngest ever to win an individual Gold Medal in any Winter Olympic Games.
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