After her Olympic experience, Janet Lynn moved to professional skating and got a deal with “Ice Follies” for an outstanding 1.5 million dollars. At one point, Janet Lynn was the highest-paid female athlete on the planet; how cool is that?
Lynn is not only a talented skater but also a spiritual person. She’s a Christian who gives motivational lectures and is involved in a number of conservative initiatives. She’s even had an appearance on television, starring in the made-for-TV movie “The Snow Queen.” She appeared alongside John Curry.
Viktor Petrenko - Now
Petrenko has retired from figure skating, but his love for the sport is still obvious to everyone. He still has a deep passion for ice skating and has remained involved with it in a number of ways. The Ukrainian star is now coaching numerous figure skaters, including ones who are already champions in their own rights.
He has even coached a few people you'll find on this list. Some of his most famous students are Oksana Baiul, who won gold two years after Petrenko did, and Johnny Weir, who was a three-time champion. You have to be a true lover of a sport in order to pass it down to the next generation.
Janet Lynn, originally from Chicago, caught the hearts of millions of figure-skating fans around when, in 1972, she slid onto the ice rink at the Sapporo Olympics. While she only took the bronze medal home with her, she also had a great time.
During her career, Lynn also had a long-running streak of being the United States national champion – a staggering five times. Her accolades don't end there – she has also won the silver at the 1973 World Championships in Bratislava. She might have never taken the top spot on the podium, but nobody can deny her skills.
Not only was Shizuka Arakawa the second figure skater from Japan to take home a medal after performing at a figure skating competition, but she was also the very first Japanese skater to win gold. The first name on that shortlist was Midori Ito, who won the silver medal back in 1992.
But, unlike Midori, Arakawa has managed to win it all at the 2004 World Championships in Dortmund. Being the first person to win gold for your country is a great honor, and it's something no one can ever take from Arakawa. After winning the World Championships, she also participated in the Winter Olympics in Turin.
Shizuka Arakawa - Now
Arakawa is another competitive skater who has made a smooth transition to professional figure skating. Beyond that, Shizuka Arakawa also appears on Japanese TV to commentate on figure skating. She's even experimented with being on the other side of the camera by creating her own show, “Friends on Ice.”
Arakawa also took part in the ABC series “Thin Ice,” skating alongside Olympic silver medalist Stephane Lambiel. She received yet another Olympic honor when she was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which she did with all the poise in the world.