Activities Sports & Athletics 10 Pieces of Figure Skating Trivia Unique and Unusual Figure Skating and Ice Dancing Minutiae Share PINTEREST Email Print Sports & Athletics Skating History Basics Gear Lessons Famous Skaters Inline Skating Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated April 27, 2019 Here are 10 unusual and unique facts that you may not know about the world of figure skating. 01 of 10 Sonja Henie Founded White Skates and Short Skating Skirts Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images In 1928, when Sonja Henie was fifteen years old, she became the youngest woman ever to win an Olympic figure skating gold medal. Henie held that title for seventy years until Tara Lipinski of the USA won Olympic gold in 1998. Lipinski was two months younger than Henie when she won gold in 1998 at the Olympic Winter Games that took place in Nagano, Japan. Sonja Henie won the ladies Olympic figure skating title three times. Her first Olympic gold was in 1928 followed by more wins in 1932 and in 1936. Before Sonja Henie appeared in the figure skating world, female ice skaters wore black figure skates. Henie introduced the idea that women and girls should wear white ice skating boots. Ice skating attire until Sonja Henie's time was similar to street clothing. Sonja introduced the idea of short and beautiful figure skating skirts and dresses. 02 of 10 Jackson Haines Is the Founder of Modern Figure Skating George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress The founder of the figure skating of today is Jackson Haines, an American ballet dancer and figure skater. Since Jackson Haines' style of skating was not well received in the USA, he traveled to Europe to show off and teach his figure skating ideas. His style of skating did not actually become popular in the United States until after his death, and the first US figure skating competition that included the "International Style of Skating" was held in 1914. 03 of 10 The First Figure Skating Club Was Founded In 1742 Edinburgh Skating Club/University of Connecticut Libraries The first figure skating club was founded in 1742 in Edinburgh, Scotland and was comprised entirely of men. In 1865, The Skating Club of Edinburgh finally allowed female members to join the club. In order to be accepted into the Edinburgh Figure Skating Club in the mid-1850s, that members were required to be able to skate complete circles on one foot in a figure eight pattern and then jump over one hat, two hats, and three hats with skates on! 04 of 10 Why Is It Called Figure Skating? Bettmann/Getty Images Figure skating is called "figure skating" because, years ago, designs were skated on clean ice in the shape of a figure eight. These designs were called figures. Compulsory figures were eliminated from all official figure skating competitions in the early 1990s, and 1992 was the first Winter Olympics to not include compulsory figures at ice skating events. Today, tracing figures is no longer part of the competition. 05 of 10 1960 Olympic Champion Carol Heiss Married 1956 Olympic Champion David Jenkins Bettmann/Getty Images The 1960 Olympic figure skating champion Carol Heiss is married to Hayes Jenkins, who won the 1956 men's Olympic figure skating title. Hayes Jenkins' brother, David Jenkins, was also the 1960 men's Olympic men's figure skating champion. 06 of 10 The First Figure Skating Website Went Live in 1995 US Figure Skating The first figure skating website that ever went live on the internet was the US Figure Skating website, going online in 1995. 07 of 10 Dorothy Hamill's Bob Hairstyle Received Attention Worldwide Tony Duffy/Getty Images The iconic "Dorothy Hamill Haircut," a short wedge style, became very popular after Hamill won Olympic gold in 1976. Her hairstyle received national attention and many little girls in the USA cut their hair short so they could look like Dorothy, the inventor of the classic Hamill camel spinning move. 08 of 10 The First Quadruple Figure Skating Jump Was Landed by Kurt Browning Gilbert Iundt; Jean-Yves Ruszniewski/Getty Images The first quadruple figure skating jump was successfully landed in competition by Canadian and world figure skating champion Kurt Browning. He landed a quadruple toe loop at the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships. 09 of 10 The Battle of the Carmens Took Place at the 1988 Winter Olympicxs Bob Martin/Getty Images The “Battle of the Carmens” involved East Germany's figure skating champion Katarina Witt and American Debi Thomas during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Both skaters, Witt and Thomas, skated to Bizet’s opera Carmen. Thomas won bronze, and Witt won Gold. 10 of 10 The Tonya and Nancy Figure Skating Scandal Increased Figure Skating's Popularity Dimitri Iundt/Getty Images The Tonya-Nancy figure skating scandal may be considered the most bizarre story in ice skating history. The "Kerrigan Attack" increased the popularity of figure skating. A novel was written, followed by a musical play, and a few television movies were made about the incident. Twenty years later, in early 2014, two more documentaries brought the incident back into the public's eye.