Over the decades, young girls have been inspired by an array of figure skating Olympic Champions who showed grace both on and off the ice. Here are our 4 favorite queens of the ice, and a brief look at what they are accomplishing now.
Peggy Fleming – Back in 1968, Peggy Fleming was the only athlete representing the United States who took home a gold medal. This made her the very first figure skater to have achieved celebrity status for her talents on the ice.
Peggy has retired from skating and is now a grandma and breast cancer survivor. She worked for years with ABC sports behind the scenes before deciding to leave the world of sports behind her and focus on her family and her health.
Dorothy Hamill – Dorothy Hamill was only 19 when she took home the gold at the 1976 Olympic games in Austria, and launched a bowl shaped hair cut craze with women all over the world. She went on to become a headliner with Ice Capades and win five World Professional Titles before calling it a career.
Still sporting a modern version of her bowl-styled do, Dorothy was seen most recently as a contestant on the popular series “Dancing With the Stars”. Like Penny, Dorothy has battled breast cancer and has also written a book about her lifelong battle with breast cancer.
Tara Lipinski – Tara showed young girls all over the world that dreams do come true when she won a gold medal at the tender age of 15. This was during the 1998 games in Nagano, and to date there has not been another skater that young to reach that milestone.
Due to various hip injuries, Lipinski had to retire from the ice too early, but still works as an analyst for the Olympics. She is also a special correspondent for Extra TV offering her professional expertise as a skating commentator.
Nancy Kerrigan – The story of Nancy Kerrigan will likely be told in the skating world for generations. After a bronze medal win at the 1992 Olympics, the young star was brutally injured by a fellow skater, Tonya Harding. She made it to the 1994 Olympics despite the injury and was awarded a silver medal.
After the 1994 Olympics Nancy went on to become the face of Walt Disney World as well as starring in a number of ice skating shows. She has also appeared in movies and on the short lived “Skating With the Celebrities”. She refrains from talking about the Harding scandal, preferring to focus on the positive points of her skating career.
These woman are inspirations to girls all over the world. Despite the circumstance, they always wore a bright smile – they must hand out electric toothbrushes and water flossers like these at Olympic skating camp because all of the skaters have gorgeous smiles – and went on to continued success, even after hanging up the skates.