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The 9 Best Olympics Ice Skating Outfits Of All Time

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

by Avery Matera
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There’s nothing quite like the magic and sparkle of figure skating at the Olympics. For starters, Debi Thomas’ 1988 look: A black dress with red and white accents that boasted tons of crystals.
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In 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi took home the gold medal in a black skating dress that had was embellished in the fitting shade of, well, gold.
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Vera Wang designed this iconic skating costume for Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 games that boasted 11,500 rhinestones. Kerrigan is known for wearing outfits with “illusion” sleeves, seen here.
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You might remember this look as being the one Tonya Harding wore to “re-do” her program in 1994, citing broken laces. But the maroon, sparkly, illusion piece is iconic all on its own.
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It wasn’t until the ‘90s that sleeveless costumes were allowed on the ice. Michelle Kwan brought the on-trend slip dress look with added sparkle to the 1998 olympics in this Vera Wang-designed outfit.
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Hitting the Olympic ice at only 15 years old, Tara Lipinski stunned in a bright blue dress with illusion sleeves and an allover rhinestone embellishment. Naturally, it was designed with a matching scrunchie around her hair bun.
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Johnny Weir proves that the sparkles don’t just belong on the women, hitting the ice in head-turning looks—each more sparkly than the last. In 2010, he competed in a metallic one-piece in contrasting white and black fabrics.
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In 2014, Gracie Gold put an updated spin on the classic embellished dress thanks to its blue ombré design. It was designed by Brad Griffies, who reportedly went for a Grace Kelly vibe, placing roughly 1,400 beads along a faux-strapless neckline.
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Though Adam Rippon’s 2018 Olympic pants were quite simple, nearly every square inch of his long-sleeve top was embellished with a crystal, in either teal or purple tones.