My very earliest was Toller Cranston - my Mom loved him and there was so much talk about his wonderful artistry and his split jumps higher than the boards. His ice show was also the first live skating I saw in Halifax in the mid-later 70s.
I have lovely nostalgic feelings when I see old footage with Johnny Esaw, Otto Jelinek and Debbie Wilkes commentating. Fond memories!
I also remember Karen Magnussen from back then - and being so bothered when I saw the footage of Dorothy Hamill crying because of the booing when she came onto the ice (because of the last skater's marks). I didn't know who she was then - and didn't even realize until a few years ago when someone mentioned that incident on FSU.
The first ice dance team I loved were Wilson and McCall. I met them at Divisionals when my skating club went to watch - and Tracy Wilson was so friendly! Not long after I was entranced (as was the world lol!) with Torvill and Dean!