Queens of the Game
Who is the ultimate queen of the game?
Competitiveness varies on time, but results pretty much tell us how competitive skaters were in their time.
But not all competition results are valid as they are.
More than any other sport, figure skating has been vulnerable to corruption and politics. The latest Sochi Scandal couldn't testify it stronger.
So it is not prudent to evaluate skaters by their game records alone.
But, at the same time, because of that, those who achieved extraordinary feat shine like stars too.
Here are queens of the game.
1. Sonja Henie
When it comes to queens of the game, several skaters will jump to your mind.
Among them, the first is Sonja Henie who won Olympic gold three times.
Although her multiple Olympic golds are sure to be a rare feat, but her ten time World championship winning in 1927 through 1936 is indeed a testament of Henie's dominance.
Henie's career was not without controversy sometimes, but her gigantic talent was simply timeless.
2. Yuna Kim
Kim won only two World championships during her career, and an Olympic gold in 2010 and silver in 2014 due to the judging scandal.
However, Kim was never pushed out of podium in her entire career, not once either senior or junior; domestic or international, which is unprecedented.
Especially in the era of triple, Kim's competitiveness was as strong as her talent, and left almost an invincible image.
3. Carol Heiss
Carol Heiss won an Olympic silver in 1956 and an Olympic gold in 1960 ,and also a five-time World champion in 1956 through 1960.
Although overshadowed by Tinley Albright in her early career, Carol Heiss dominated the ladies figure skating between 1957 and 1960.
In her tenure, Heiss was ranked a champion for both the World and U.S. National each year, and when she won gold in the 1960 Olympics, her score was ranked first by all nine judges.
Heiss was known as the first female skater to land a double axel in 1953, and also was famous for a series of alternating clockwise and counterclockwise single axels and for her clockwise jump rotation and counterclockwise spins.
Szabo won an Olympic gold in 1924, and won five times World Championships in 1922 through 1926.
Szabo was credited for wearing a skirt cut above the knee for the first time.
Except a fact that Szabo' time, even earlier than Sonja Henie, was far from modern figure skating, Szabo was a name to remember in the early ladies figure skating before Sonja Henie's emergence.
Szabo is a skater with five world titles under her belt for the first time, which is only shared by a handful such as Sonja Henie, Carol Heiss and Michelle Kwan.
5. Katarina Witt
Katarina Witt was a four time World champion in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988.
Witt was also the only skater who won twice Olympic gold.
Witt, though her skating wasn't always ahead of her competitors, was a skater who knew how to break her competitors. Witt was one of the most successful skaters in history on and off ice.
Especially Witt was famous for her expressive showmanship, but what made Witt unique was her steely nerve to draw the best of her capability when it mattered the most.
6. Michelle Kwan
Kwan was an Olympic silver medalist in 1998 and 2002, and a five-time World champion of 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
Kwan was indisputably one of the greatest figure skaters of all time, known for her consistency and expressiveness.
For over a decade, Kwan dominated ladies figure skating and in Kwan's tenure, figure skating was one of the most popular sports in U.S.
Ironically, Kwan never won an Olympic gold; her quest for an Olympic gold medal was crushed twice by Sarah Hughes and Tara Lipinski.