Winter Olympic Athletes
Explore our collection of Winter Olympic athletes for more on some of the world's most famous skaters, skiers, hockey players, snowboarders and bobsledders, from stars on the ice Apolo Anton Ohno, Dorothy Hamill and Evan Lysacek, to those known for their skills on the slopes, such as Jonny Moseley, Lindsey Vonn and Picabo Street, to hockey legends like Wayne Gretzky.
Explore our collection of Olympic skaters to learn more about speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and legendary figure skaters like Oksana Baiul, Sarah Hughes, Viktor Petrenko, Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, Evan Lysacek, Michelle Kwan, Scott Hamilton, Gracie Gold, Johnny Weir, Katerina Witt and Shani Davis.
Olympic Hockey Players
Explore our collection of Olympic snowboarders for more on Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Scotty Lago, Gretchen Bleiler, Todd Richards, Shannon Dunn, Jamie Anderson and other icons of the X Games. Learn more about the lives and careers of these agile winter athletes through full biographies, photos, videos and more, only at Biography.com.
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