10 Most Popular Olympics Skating Pairs Throughout History

Ice skating is not a new phenomenon but figure skating originated somewhere around mid-19th century. Father of modern figure skating – Jackson Haines developed a style in the mid 1860s that has been widely adopted and what we see today is Haines’ free and expressive technique called the “international style.” 

In 1908, figure skating was inducted in the Olympics Games for the first time. Since then men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating and ice dancing has been a part of the Winter Olympic Games. The following are a list of the best Olympics skating pairs in the history of the game, presented in descending order.

10 Most Popular Olympics Skating Pairs Throughout History

10. Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy (2010 & 2014)

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German Olympics Skating Pairs, Aliona and Robin were the 2010 and 2014 Olympic bronze medallist. This German power-house has won the European title four times (2007–2009, 2011), the world title five times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014), the Grand Prix Final champion four times (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013) and the German pair skating title eight times (2004–2009, 2011, 2014).

Aliona is currently skating with Bruno Massot.

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9. Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao (2010, 2002 & 2006)

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These Chinese Olympics Skating Pairs were champions of the 2010 Olympics Games and bronze medallists of 2002 & 2006 Olympic. Together the couple have won  World champion thrice (2002, 2003 & 2007), Four Continents Champion three-times (1999, 2003 & 2007) and the  Grand Prix Final champion six-times  (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006 & 2009).

Fun Facts: A number of times Xue and Hongbo were the first Chinese pair team to win some of the above titles

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8. Jamie Salé and David Pelletier (2002)

Olympics Skating Pairs

Canadian Olympics Skating Pairs Jamie and David began skating together in 1998 and won the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Unfortunately their win was shrouded by controversies which lead to the implementation of a new kind of figure skating scoring system in 2004.

Before pairing up both Jamie and David were strong singles skater. And they often competed in novice and junior levels. Later the couple also did commentary on figure skating television.

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