Some have passed on. Some remain happily with us. These female skaters cover a broad swathe of skating history, but they have one thing in common besides skating outdoors. They are less familiar to us today for their skating than for their personalities and legends. They also cover the decades when figures were preeminent in figure skating. Who is your favorite classical old dame? What makes her wonderful? For whom do you care the least? Are you offended by Cecilia Colledge's shimmering flapper dress?
Sonja Henie, NOR, 1928
Cecilia Colledge, GBR, 1936 Olympics
Megan Taylor, GBR, 1942
Jeanette Altwegg, GBR, 1948 Olympics
Jacqueline du Bief, FRA
In a dress that made British judges fan themselves and the mens' hearts race.
Barbara Ann Scott, CAN
This short video featuring 1948 Winter Olympics stars, such as Dick Button, is magnificent.
Alena Vrzáňová, TCH/CZE
This beautifully narrated Dick Button video introduces us to the story of this Czech trendsetter who eventually escaped the tyranny of communism.
Tenley Albright, USA, 1954 Nationals
Carol Heiss, USA, 1960 Olympics
Sjoukje Dijkstra, NED, 1964 Olympics
Peggy Fleming, USA, 1968 Olympics
Gabriele Seyfert, GDR, 1968 Olympics
ETA: I should perhaps have made the cutoff prior to Peggy Fleming. She and Gabby Seyfert are kind of hard to compare with the others, since we have such better broadcast coverage of them. What do you think?