Alissa Czisny

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About Alissa Czisny

Two-time U.S. figure skating champion who also won the gold at the 2010-11 Grand Prix Final in Beijing.

Early life

She and her sister both started skating before they were 2, encouraged by their mother.

Trivia

In 2013 she took a bad fall at a skate invitational and was forced to withdraw from the upcoming U.S. championships.

Family of Alissa Czisny

Her twin sister Amber also competed nationally and internationally.

Close associates of Alissa Czisny

In one of her programs she skated to Edith Piaf’s song La Vie en rose.

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Adam Rippon

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About Adam Rippon

American figure skater who took gold at the 2016 US Figure Skating Championships. In 2018, he won a bronze medal as part of the team event and became the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. He won season 26 of Dancing with the Stars in 2018 and became a judge on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.

Early life

He started skating when he was 10 years old and started competing at the junior level in 2002.

Trivia

His signature triple lutz has earned the nicknamed “Rippon Lutz.” He was born with significant hearing loss, but surgery early in his life helped restore it.

Family of Adam Rippon

He grew up with five younger siblings and came out as gay in 2015.

Close associates of Adam Rippon

He beat out Max Aaron to win the 2016 US Figure Skating Championships.

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Tessa Virtue

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About Tessa Virtue

World Champion ice dancer who became the 2010 and 2018 Olympic gold medalist with partner Scott Moir. She won silver medals in both dancing and the team event at the 2014 Olympics

Early life

She won a gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships.

Trivia

She began dancing with Moir in 1997, and has won at nearly every major event with him. They became the youngest pair ever to win an Olympic title. 

Family of Tessa Virtue

She was born in London, Ontario the youngest of four to parents Kate and Jim Virtue.

Close associates of Tessa Virtue

She was one of Canada’s many gold medalists when the country hosted the 2010 Olympics, along with athletes such as Jon Montgomery.

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Evgenia Medvedeva

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About Evgenia Medvedeva

Accomplished figure skater whose accolades include being a 2016 World and European champion, as well as a 2016 Russian national champion. She earned the world record score for the ladies’ free program at the 2016 World Championships. She won silver at the 2018 Olympics for both the team and singles event.

Early life

She was skating since she was three years old. She joined the Olympic Reserve Sports School no. 37 in 2008 and made her senior national debut at the 2012 Russian Championships where she finished in 8th place.

Trivia

 She also set the junior-level ladies’ record for the short program at the 2015 ISU World Junior Championships.

Family of Evgenia Medvedeva

Her father Arman Babasyan is Armenian, and her mother was a figure skater. Her parents would divorce.

Close associates of Evgenia Medvedeva

She has skated to the music of Michel Legrand’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

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Nathan Chen

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About Nathan Chen

Chinese-American figure skater who became a three-time U.S. Junior Champion and won gold at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Mexico in 2013. He became the 2017-18 Grand Prix Final champion. He later won a bronze medal in the team figure skating event at the 2018 Olympics.

Early life

He studied ballet and competitive gymnastics before deciding to focus on figure skating.

Trivia

He had one of his best combined scores, 222.0, at the JGP Austria 2012 competition. He also became the first skater ever to land 5 quadruple jumps in one program. He has studied at Yale University.

Family of Nathan Chen

His Chinese name is Chen Wei. He grew up with four older siblings.

Close associates of Nathan Chen

He and Ilia Kulik were both Junior Champion skaters.

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Nancy Kerrigan

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About Nancy Kerrigan

American Olympic ice skater who was injured by allies of rival Tonya Harding. She won a 1994 silver medal in Lilliehammer.

Early life

Her father would resurface the ice rink in exchange for her lessons.

Trivia

She was inducted into the US Figure Skating hall of Fame in 2004.

Family of Nancy Kerrigan

She had three kids with her husband, Jerry Solomon.

Close associates of Nancy Kerrigan

She competed against gold medalist Michelle Kwan.

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