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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The Most Famous Olympic Figure Skaters Of All Time

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During the two weeks of the Winter Olympics, female figure skaters are the most famous people in the world.

From the early days of Peggy Fleming, to the Harding-Kerrigan scandal, to America’s sweethearts Michelle Kwan and Tara Lapinski, skaters are the face of the Winter Olympics.

But what happens when the medal ceremonies are over?

THEN: Peggy Fleming won the only gold medal for the U.S. in 1968.

NOW: Fleming and her husband owned a winery that closed in 2011. She is still involved with the promotion of U.S. figure skating and was injured in Joe Biden's motorcade crash at the 2010 Olympics.

Source: The Examiner, AP

THEN: 19-year-old Dorothy Hamill won gold for the U.S. in 1976 while sporting her signature hair-do.

NOW: Hamill has written two books about her life skating, and recently was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. In 2008 Hamill was treated for breast cancer and now she is outspoken about raising awareness.

Source: People.com

THEN: Katarina Witt of East Germany won back-to-back golds in 1984 and 1988.

NOW: Witt posed nude for Playboy in 1998 saying she wanted to lose her 'ice princess' image. In 2013, she starred in a German movie about a figure skater who was stalked.

THEN: Kristi Yamaguchi brought home gold to the U.S. in 1992.

NOW: Yamaguchi runs the Always Dream Foundation inspiring underprivileged children to reach for their dreams by increasing early childhood literacy. She also won Dancing With The Stars in 2008.

Source: AlwaysDream.org

THEN: Nancy Kerrigan won the Bronze in '92. In '94 she took home silver after recovering from an attack allegedly orchestrated by Tonya Harding.

NOW: Kerrigan was a 'special correspondent' for Entertainment Tonight during the 2010 Olympics. She is also a spokesperson for Fight For Sight.

THEN: Despite allegedly trying to injure competitor Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding never won an Olympic medal. She placed 4th in '92 and 8th in '94.

NOW: Tonya Harding had a rough go after the Olympics. In 2000 she was arrested for alleged assault. She also had a short professional boxing career.

THEN: In 1994, Oksana Baiul won the gold medal for Ukraine despite an injury sustained by colliding with another skater in practice.

Source: New York Times

NOW: Baiul has her own figure skating clothing line. She recently sued NBC for using her name in the promotion of two specials without her agreeing.

THEN: At age 15 in 1998 Tara Lapinski became the youngest individual gold medalist in Winter Olympic history.

Source: Olympics.org

NOW: Lapinski is a spokeswoman for many philanthropic organisations including the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Make A Wish Foundation.

THEN: America's sweetheart Michelle Kwan won silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002.

NOW: After studying law and diplomacy at Tufts, Kwan works for in the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Source: Yahoo

THEN: In 2002 Sarah Hughes became the first American woman to win gold without ever winning a World or U.S. title.

NOW: In 2009 Hughes graduated from Yale. She'll be on an online only show on NBC.com for the Sochi Olympics.

Source: People.com, NBC.com

THEN: The 5-foot-2 Sasha Cohen won silver in 2006 for the U.S. despite falling on her first jump in her final free skate.

NOW: Cohen is a sophomore at Columbia University where she goes by Alex.

Source: USA Today

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