Figure skating is one of the most popular winter Olympic sports. The sport was first introduced in the 1908 Summer Olympic Games and moved to become part of the Winter Games in 1924. It was one of the first sports with a category for women and the only Winter Olympic sport with women competitors until 1936.
Figure skating events include freestyle, pairs, ice dance and synchronized team skating. Ice dancing didn’t become an Olympic sport until 1976. Team figure skating is the newest Olympic skating event that first started in the 2014 Sochi Games.
The United States has played a dominate role in Olympic figure skating over the years. Tenley Albright became the first lady’s skater from the U.S. to win a gold medal at the 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo Games. Carol Heiss won gold in the 1960 Squaw Valley Games. American brothers Hayes and David Jenkins won successive Olympic gold medals at the 1956 and 1960 Games. Peggy Fleming took home the lady’s gold medal for the United States at the 1968 Grenoble Games. Other famous names in figure skating include Michelle Kwan, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi.