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The Top Figure Skating Outfits of the Olympics

Sparkles, Spandex, and Spirit Fingers

For such a graceful sport, there's always a lot of controversy surrounding figure skating: to quad or not to quad, judging scandals, and putting hits out on other skaters, to name just a few of the soap opera-esque moments happening on the ice. For some — like columnist Ken Herman — just calling figure skating a sport is rife with controversy: "Nothing done to music is a sport. And anything involving costumes (especially with sequins) is not a sport. Sports have uniforms, not costumes."

Still, figure skating remains one of the most watched of the Olympic events; I'm thinking those sequins, jazz hands, and feathers have a lot to do with its success. Let's face it — before there was a Lady Gaga, there was competitive ice skating. So far, at the Vancouver games, we've been dazzled with some spectacular costumes: corsets, leather, and feathers dominated, and that was only from the men!

Here are our picks for the most memorable (read: outlandish/wild/questionable) costumes from Olympics past.

Evgeni Plushenko, Salt Lake City 2002

Tonya Harding, Lillehammer 1994

Elvis Stojko, Lillehammer 1994

Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov, Turin 2006

Tanja Szewczenko, Lillehammer 1994

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Evgeni Plushenko, Salt Lake City 2002

Tonya Harding, Lillehammer 1994

Elvis Stojko, Lillehammer 1994

Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov, Turin 2006

Tanja Szewczenko, Lillehammer 1994

Surya Bonaly, Nagano 1998

 Tae-Hwa Yang and Chuen-Gun Lee, Salt Lake City 2002

Dmitri Dmitrenko, Salt Lake City 2002

Johnny Weir, Turin 2006

Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhnovski , Salt Lake City 2002

Stephane Lambiel,Turin 2006

Irina Slutskaya, Salt Lake City 2002

Illia Kulik, Nagano 1998

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, Turin 2006

Oksana Baiul, Lillehammer 1994

Irina Slutskaya, Salt Lake City 2002

Victor Petrenko, Calgary 1988

Source: Getty
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