With three gold and two silver medals, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the most decorated Olympic figure skaters. The duo won their first gold medal in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. They then added another gold four years later in Rio de Janeiro.
Virtue and Moir are also the only figure skaters to have ever won three gold medals at a single Olympics. They accomplished this feat at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and again at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.
In addition to their three gold medals, Virtue and Moir have also earned two silver medals at the Olympics. These awards come courtesy of victories in 2009 in Berlin and 2012 in London.
It is safe to say that Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the most successful figure skaters in history. The duo has won three gold medals at the Olympics and has two more silver medals to its name. They have also earned 21 overall medals (13 gold, 7 silver, 1 bronze).
Virtue and Moir were able to achieve so much success because of how many events they competed in at each Olympics. At their first two Olympics, they focused on five events each.
Petrenko has had a hectic schedule since earning the gold. He has taught three-time skating champion Johnny Weir, three-time Ukrainian champion Natalia Popova, and 2010 Czech champion Michal Brezina, in addition to fellow Ukrainian figure skater Oksana Baiul, who went on to win gold in 1994.
With five medals each, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the most decorated Olympic figure skaters. Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko, ice dancers, earned a bronze medal in 1984, a silver medal in 1988, and a gold medal in 1992.
Kwan, Michelle Michelle Kwan is a figure skating icon and the most awarded figure skater in United States history. She skated strong, technical, and passionate performances in two Olympics, winning silver in Nagano in 1998 and bronze in Salt Lake City in 2002. Kwan has also won five World Championships (including one consecutive title from 1997 to 1999) and eight Grand Prix events.
The award for best female ice skater is given out annually by various organizations and magazines. In 1998, Kwan was named America's Favorite Ice Skater by readers of USA Today, and she has been on the list ever since. She has also been listed as the greatest American ice skater by both U.S. News & World Report and ESPN the Magazine.
Kwan has received many awards and prizes throughout her career, including being named the best male athlete by Sports Illustrated in 1998. Other than a gold medal at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, Kwan has never won an Olympic medal. However, she has been nominated for nine Nobel Peace Prizes in connection with her work with charities that help children with cancer and other illnesses.
After retiring from competition in 2003, Kwan became involved in business management. In 2004, she founded Kwan Entertainment, which produces television shows and films featuring skateboarding and other sports entertainment.
German Christa Luding-Rothenburger and Canadian Clara Hughes are the only medal-winning speed skaters who have also won a medal in cycling at the Summer Olympic Games. Colin Shaw of the United States also won six medals at the 1996 Olympics, including three bronze, two silver, and one gold. His three bronze medals are a record for an American speed skater.
Luding-Rothenburger was born on January 4th, 1969 in Munich, Germany. She started competing in road races when she was only 9 years old and continued until she turned professional at age 16. Her first major international competition was the World Single Distance Championships, where she won a bronze medal. The next year, at the European Short Track Championships, she captured her first world title: gold. Two years later, at the 1994 Winter Olympics, she added another gold to her collection by winning the 1000m race.
After retiring from racing, Luding-Rothenburger became a successful businesswoman. In 2007, she launched a line of clothing called "Christa" that is sold in several countries around the world. She has also appeared in television advertisements for BMW and has done endorsement deals with other companies. In 2014, she opened a restaurant in Munich called "Christa's Küche" (or "Christa's Kitchen") that serves German cuisine.
Hughes was born on July 4th, 1972 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In 14 of the 17 postwar Winter Olympics, Canada has won at least one medal in figure skating (since 1948). Barbara Ann Scott (1948), Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul (1960), Jamie Sale and David Pelletier (2002), and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (2004) are Canada's gold medalists (2010 and 2018).
Canada first brought home an Olympic gold medal in figure skating when Barbara Ann Scott took the title in Helsinki, Finland. She was followed by three more gold medals at the 1952, 1956, and 1960 Games. In those four competitions, Canada's skaters have accumulated 21 gold medals - a record that has never been broken.
The 1961 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Stockholm, Sweden. The Canadians were led by legendary coach Lorne Howarth who had previously worked with Max Jacobson and John Niedzwiecki. At this event, Barbara Ann Scott became the first person to win the same Olympic gold medal twice when she regained her title. Her sister Marjorie also competed at these championships but did not win any medals.
Barbara Ann Scott died in a car accident near her home in Toronto at the age of 26. She is now considered by many to be the greatest female figure skater in Canadian history.
Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast in history, with 30 Olympic and World Championship medals to her name. The 24-year-old has won five gold medals, one silver and four bronze.
Biles' achievements are without doubt: she has been named an "ambassador for America's sports", has received a congressional award for excellence, and in 2016 was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. She has also been named the greatest female athlete of all time by Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
But Biles isn't the only American gymnast who has won many medals. In fact, she is just one of several winners from her country. Here are the others: Mary Lou Retton, Shannon Miller, Katie Meyers, Laurie Hernandez, Hillary Rodney, and Courtney Kupets.
Gymnastics is an individual sport, which means that each participant tries to outperform everyone else in order to be the winner. This makes it very hard to predict how many medals different athletes will win. However, considering the number of participants, the amount of money involved, and the fact that both men's and women's events are held at the same games, we can assume that there will be more than one winner at least once during an event.