US Figure Skaters Never Won Olympic Medals

Figure-skating is one of the most beautiful sports. It is quite a feast to the ice when the slender skaters glide around like the wind and the waves, all the while creating amazing shapes with their bodies, and dancing to melodious tunes. It requires huge skill to be a figure skater. One not only has to have skating training, but also dancing capabilities and an extremely flexible body which they can move according to their own free will.

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There are some excellent figure-skaters who have enthralled the world with their finesse, grace and skills. However, it is sad that many of the greatest figure skaters have not been able to win a medal at the Olympic Games, despite being great at what they do. Let us look at Top 10 US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals.


Top 10 US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals

10. Meno and Sand

Top 10 US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals
US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals

Jenni Meno and Todd Sand were married in real life, and they their chemistry was visible on the ice. They ended up as a skating pair after having successful careers with different partners. They fell in love during the Olympics 1992, and eventually began skating together. Together, they won the US Championships three times from 1993-1995, and also won silver in 1992. Besides, they also obtained the Worlds Bronze medals twice. They competed in several other championships, and emerged as the medallists in many of them. Sand proposed to Meno during the ’94 Olympics before their routine, and though a medal was considered a long shot for them, they placed 5th. They grabbed the 8th position in the 1997-98 season of the Olympics.

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9. Marval and Urbanski

Top 10 US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals
US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals

Rocky Marval and Calla Urbanski formed one of the most well-known American figure-skating pairs. They were often dubbed ‘the waitress and the truck driver’, owing to their former professions and their manner on the ice. Together, they created a magic that was hard to let go unnoticed, at a time when the pairs segment, too, was predominantly under the Soviet skaters’ rule. They won the US Nation Championships twice respectively, in 1991 and 1992. They also grabbed silver at the US Championships in 1990. Together, they competed in a number of championships, and appeared in the Winter Olympics in the 1991-92 season. This was probably their last shot at the Olympics, anyway, with Marval at 25 and Urbanski at 31 years of age, and they finished 10th.

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8. Tiffany Chin

Top 10 US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals
US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals

This American figure skater won the World Juniors Championships in 1980 and the US Championships in 1984. She was also two-time World Bronze medallist, and grabbed silver and two bronze medals at the US Championships in ‘83, ‘82 and ’85. In the 1982 Winter Olympics, Tiffany finished 4th. She carved herself a niche at a time when the ice was dominated by Soviet athletes, and the idea of an American woman – or for that matter, an Asian-American woman – ruling the world of figure skating. She was often called the China Doll, and her Chinese heritage seemed to be as much a cause for her popularity as her excellent skating. She was the first non-white woman to achieve one National and two Worlds wins. She retired in ’87, and became a coach in ’89.

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7. Surya Bonaly

Top 10 US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals
US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals

She was one of the first persons of colour to break racial and regional boundaries and leave a huge impact in the history of figure skating. Adopted and brought up by a French Buddhist couple, she donned a dazzling persona on the ice. As a French-American figure-skater, she became World Silver medallist three times, the European champion five times and the French National Championships, nine times. She was also the 1991 World Junior Champion. She was the first female to try a quadruple jump in competition, and perhaps the only skater, male or female to land on one foot after a back flip. She was famous for openly expressing her discontent towards the judging process. At the Winter Olympics, she placed 5th in 1992, 4th in 1994 and 10th in 1998, after which she retired.

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6. Jill Trenary

Top 10 US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals
US Figure Skaters who Never Won Olympic Medals

This American figure skater has shown incredible dexterity and finesse in figure skating, especially in the discipline of compulsory figures which required painstakingly long hours to practise and trace figures on the ice. Jill emerged as the World Champion in 1990. She was also the US National Champion three times. However, like many of the jinxed women who have enthralled the world with their figure skating capabilities but still just finished just off the podium, Jill too was placed fourth in the 1988 Winter Olympics. The queen of the ice had an ankle injury and took a few months off in the 90-91 season, and at the same time, her long-time coach Carlo Fassi left the country. To top it, compulsory figures died in that season. She retired from figure skating in 1991.

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