The alpine skiing world was dominated by the larger-than-life personality of Italy's Alberto Tomba in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Known as "Tomba la Bomba" ("Tomba the Bomb"), he won three Olympic gold medals and two silver between the 1988 and 19992 Winter Games, including sweeping the slalom and giant slalom events in Albertville.
Tomba also won two world championships, in slalom and giant slalom in 1996, and nine World Cup season titles in his career before retiring at the end of the 1998 season. In 2006, he was tapped to carry the Olympic torch into the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Seen here at a World Cup event in Bormio, Italy, in December 2012, he has spent his retirement working on various entrepreneurial and charitable projects, including releasing his own fragrance, mentoring young skiers for the Italian Ski Federation, starring in made-for-TV action movies and working with UNICEF. Now 47, his most recent gig is as a broadcaster for Sky Italia's coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
In a surprising performance, alpine skier Tommy Moe won gold in downhill and silver in the super-G at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. In doing so, he became the first American male skier to win two medals in a single Winter Olympics. He also competed at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France, but finished no higher than 18th in his three events.
Moe suffered a knee injury in March 1995 and never quite regained his top form, although he did qualify for the 1998 Olympics, where his best showing was an eighth-place finish. A month after the Olympics, he retired from competitive ski racing at age 28. He was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2003 and is now a co-owner of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska. Moe, now 43, lives in Wilson, Wy., and also serves as an ambassador of skiing at the nearby Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Nancy Kerrigan, the 1994 Olympic silver medalist and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, is perhaps better known for the 1994 attack orchestrated on her by the ex-husband of one of her competitors, Tony Harding. Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee during a practice round on the eve of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 6, 1994. She was forced to drop out of the competition, which Harding won two days later.
Kerrigan, now 44, retired from amateur competition after the 1994 Winter Olympics. At first she focused on performing in a variety of professional ice shows, such as Champions on Ice and Broadway on Ice. She later appeared in the TV series "Skating with Celebrities," had a cameo as herself in the 2007 Will Ferrell comedy "Blades of Glory," and hosted the cable show "Nancy Kerrigan's World of Skating." For the 2010 Winter Olympics, she served as a correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" and she has been a figure skating commentator for NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Ukrainian teenage figure skater Oksana Baiul stole the spotlight from Kerrigan and won figure skating gold in 1994 despite a collision before the free skate that required stitches to her leg and nearly prevented her from competing. She's seen here after winning the gold.
Facing the same financial difficulties many in her homeland were dealing with following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Baiul turned professional right after the 1994 Winter Olympics at the age of 16 and moved to America to train and tour professionally. In January 1997, she was arrested on a DUI charge after crashing her car into a tree in Connecticut. The charge was eventually dropped after she went through an alcohol education program, but her continued drinking cost her her spot on the Champions on Ice tour and sent her into rehab in May 1997. Since then, she has continued to skate professionally from time to time, usually in touring shows, and also has her own line of clothing and jewelry. Now, 36, Baiul made news again in 2012 when she sued her former talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, claiming the agency had swindled her out of millions of dollars since she turned pro.
Canadian figure skater Elvis Stojko's career triumphs include Olympic silver medals in 1994 and 1998 and three world championships. He became especially known for his outstanding jumping ability, becoming the first person to land a quadruple-double jump combination in 1991 and the first to land a quadruple/triple jump combination in 1997.
Stojko moved to Ajijic, Mexico, in 2001, and married Mexican figure skater Gladys Orozco in 2010. He was a celebrity judge on the WE tv series "Skating's Next Star" in 2006 and retired completely from skating that same year. However, within two years he was back skating professionally and coaching young figure skaters in Mexico. Now 41, he provided commentary and analysis for Yahoo! Sports during the 2010 Winter Olympics and also took up racing karts in the Canadian Rotax DD2 Master Class and the SKUSA Mexico Series.
American speedskater Dan Jansen won a gold medal in world record time in the final race of his career, the 1,000 meters at the 1994 Winter Olympics. His Olympic triumph came after failing to win a medal at the 1984 Olympics, falling twice at the 1988 games after learning that his sister had died from leukemia, and also going medal-less at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Jansen, a native of West Allis, Wis., was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004. From 2005 to 2007, he was the skating coach for the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. Now 48, Jansen is a speed skating commentator for NBC, including working the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
After failing to medal in her first Olympics in 1984, American speedskater Bonnie Blair went on to win five gold medals and one bronze at the next three, all of them coming in the 500 and 1,000 meters.
Blair retired in March 1995 and was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004. She married Olympic teammate Dave Cruikshank and earns a living as a motivational speaker, while also working with charities through her Bonnie Blair Charitable Fund. Now, 49, she is attending the 2014 Winter Olympics as a member of the official U.S. delegation.
Alpine skier Picabo Street won a gold medal in the super-G at the 1998 Winter Olympics and won a silver in downhill at the 1994 Olympics. She spent two years rehabbing from a broken left leg and torn ACL in her right knee suffered in a March 1998 crash, but came back to compete in the 2002 Olympics, where she finished 16th in the downhill.
Street, now 42 and the mother of four, was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2004. Since retiring she has worked as a public speaker and corporate spokeswoman, partnering with corporations such as Nike, Kellogg's, Panasonic, Ralph Lauren, Spyder and Chapstick. In the summer of 2012, she was the runner up in the celebrity reality TV competition series "Stars Earn Stripes" (pictured). She is working the 2014 Games as a Fox Sports analyst.
British ice dancing pair Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Torvill, 56, and Dean, 55, have remained close through the years, although Torvill took a seven year break from skating from 1998 to 2005. In January 2006, the two began starring in the British reality TV competition show "Dancing on Ice," which pairs celebrities with professional figure skating partners. The show is slated to end later this year after its ninth season.
Apolo Anton Ohno (center), as an eight-time Olympic short-track speedskating medalist (two gold, two silver, four bronze), is the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time. At his last Olympic Games in 2010, he earned a silver in the 1,500 meters and bronze in the 1,000 meters and the 5,000-meter relay.
Ohno, 31, is also a two-time competitor on the reality TV show "Dancing with the Stars," winning in his first stint in 2007. He is currently the host of the Game Show Network's revived version of the game show "Minute to Win It" and is serving as a commentator for NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Games.
As a 15-year-old, American Tara Lipinski (center) narrowly beat out Michelle Kwan in women's figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics to become the youngest champion in an individual event in Winter Olympic history.
Lipinski turned pro in the spring of 1998 and has since appeared in various figure skating touring shows, including Champions on Ice and Stars on Ice. However, her professional figure skating career has been hampered by a series of hip injuries. Now, 31, she has also made a variety of TV appearances, including guest roles on shows such as "Touched by an Angel," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," "Malcolm in the Middle," "7th Heaven" and "The Young and the Restless." She's now serving as a commentator and analyst for NBC, NBC Sports and Universal Sports during the Sochi Winter Games.
After settling for silver behind Lipinski in 1998, American figure skater Michelle Kwan came back at the 2002 Winter Olympics to win bronze in her final Olympics. The five-time world champion and nine-time U.S. champion also finished second to Tonya Harding at the 1994 U.S. Championships, which ordinarily would have earned her a spot in the 1994 Winter Olympics, but her spot was instead given to 1993 national champion Nancy Kerrigan, who had been sidelined by an assault (eventually connected to Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly) after a practice session at those championships. The 13-year-old Kwan went to Norway as an alternate but did not compete.
Kwan was originally supposed to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics but was forced to withdraw after suffering a groin injury in her first practice in Turin, Italy. After elective hip surgery in the summer of 2006, she did not compete during the 2006-07 season and decided to skip the 2010 Olympics to focus on graduate school. She was elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2012. Kwan, now, 33, joined Fox Sports 1 for its 2014 Winter Olympics coverage from Sochi.
Austrian alpine skier Hermann Maier started off the 1998 Winter Olympics making news for the wrong reason, after a dramatic crash in the downhill event sent him landing partially on his head and tumbling head over heels multiple times through two layers of netting along the course. He bounced back, however, to win gold in the super-G and giant slalom. He missed the 2002 Olympics after a near-fatal motorcycle accident nearly cost him his leg and ended his skiing career, but came back in 2006 to win a silver in the super-G and a bronze in the giant slalom.
Maier, who was affectionately nicknamed the "Herminator" during his career, announced his retirement from competitive skiing at the age of 36 in October 2009. In 2011, he led an Austrian team against a German team in a ski race to the South Pole that was filmed for a reality TV show. Now, 41, he continues to make appearances at Alpine Ski World Cup competitions and other alpine ski events.
Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati celebrated winning the first snowboarding gold medal in Olympic history in the giant slalom at the 1998 Winter Olympics. His celebration, however, was interrupted when he was initially disqualified for testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active chemical in marijuana. The decision was overturned after 48 hours, largely on the basis that marijuana was not on the list of banned substances at the time. Rebagliati has always maintained that the positive test was the result of second-hand smoke.
Since he retired in 1999, Rebagliati has been involved in real estate and broadcasting, as well as teaching snowboard racing. He briefly sought the Liberal Party of Canada's nomination to run for a federal office out of British Columbia in 2009, but pulled out of the race to focus on his business ventures. Now 42, he recently started up his own medical marijuana brand, Ross' Gold, and is planning to open a dispensary and cannabis cafe in Whistler, Canada.
Jonny Moseley, the first Puerto Rican to become a member of the U.S. Ski Team, won the gold medal in moguls at the 1998 Winter Olympics. He also competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics, but finished fourth.
After his skiing career was over, Moseley launched a merchandising website and did advertisements for brands such as McDonald's and Sprint. He also began getting into television work, starting with hosting "Saturday Night Live" after the 2002 Olympics and later serving as the host of three seasons of the MTV reality show "Real World/Road Rules Challenge." He was a color analyst for NBC at the 2010 Winter Olympics and competed in the reality TV competition "Skating with the Stars" later that year. Over the past few years Moseley, now 38, has served as a co-host on the fourth season of the TV series "American Ninja Warrior" and made an appearance on "Undercover Boss."
American Kristi Yamaguchi won gold in women's figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics, becoming the first person of Asian descent, along with silver medalist Midori Ito of Japan, to win an Olympic medal in figure skating. She also won two world championships in 1991 and 1992 and a U.S. championship in 1992.
For several years after retiring in 1992, Yamaguchi toured with Stars on Ice and participated in the pro competition circuit. She's also played herself on "Everybody Loves Raymond" and in "D2: The Mighty Ducks" and hosted the WE tv series "Skating's Next Star." She has written several books, including the award-winning children's book "Dream Big, Little Pig" in 2011, and won the sixth season of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2008. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame, the World Skating Hall of Fame and the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, she worked the 2010 Winter Olympics as a skating analyst for NBC and a special correspondent for the "Today Show." Now 42, she also recently created her own line of women's activewear called Tsu.ya by Kristi Yamaguchi.
At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Katarina Witt of East Germany won her second consecutive Olympic figure skating gold medal, becoming the first lady to repeat as champion since Sonja Henie. She started a professional career in 1988, including touring the United States with fellow Olympic champion Brian Boitano, and earned an Emmy Award in 1990 for starring in the TV movie "Carmen on Ice." She returned to competitive skating in 1994 and competed for the reunified country of Germany, finishing in seventh place at the 1994 Olympics.
In 1995, Witt was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. She posed for Playboy at age 34 in 1998 and took on minor acting roles in the movies "Jerry Maguire" and "Ronin." She had her own skating TV show from 2006-08 on German television and served as a judge on the British TV show "Dancing on Ice" in 2012. In January 2013, she appeared in her first leading role, playing a figure skater dealing with a stalker in a German made-for-TV movie.
Scott Hamilton dominated figure skating in the early 1980s and won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo after coming in fifth at the 1980 Olympics. He also won four consecutive U.S. championships (1981–1984) and four consecutive World Championships (1981–1984). He turned professional in April 1984.
These days Hamilton's voice is well known to Olympic figure skating fans as an announcer, with the 55-year-old working his seventh Winter Games at Sochi. After he went pro, he first toured with the Ice Capades before creating his own tour, Scott Hamilton's American Tour, which was later renamed Stars on Ice. In 2006, he was the host of the FOX television program "Skating with Celebrities." Hamilton, seen here with his wife Tracie in 2012, had a much-publicized battle with testicular cancer in 1997, was treated for a benign brain tumor in 2004 and again had brain surgery in 2010 to prevent the recurrence the tumor.
Eric Heiden of the United States won five gold medals in speedskating (500m, 1,000m, 1,500m, 5,000m and 10,000m) at the 1980 Winter Olympics, setting four Olympic records and one world record (10,000m) in the process. The Madison, Wis., native was the first Olympian to win five individual gold medals at one Winter Games.
After his speed-skating career, Heiden became a professional racing cyclist, winning a few American professional races and competing in the 1986 Tour de France. After his sports career, Heiden went to school to become an orthopedic surgeon. He's served as the team physician for the NBA's Sacramento Kings and the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs and, since 2002, as the team physician for the U.S. Olympic speedskating team. Heiden, now 55, opened his own sports medicine-based practice in Park City, Utah, in 2006.
Mike Eruzione scored the game-winning goal to lift the U.S. men's hockey team over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Games in the game that became known as the "Miracle on Ice."
Eruzione retired from competitive hockey after the Olympics and then went on to be a broadcaster. He later became an assistant coach for the hockey team at Boston University, where he works as director of special outreach. Now 59, he is also a part-owner of the USHL Omaha Lancers franchise and a motivational speaker and helps coach youth hockey teams in his hometown in Winthrop, Mass. He reunited with his "Miracle on Ice" teammates to light the Olympic cauldron for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dorothy Hamill won figure skating gold for the U.S. at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, and inspired the popular "wedge" haircut. She also won the 1976 world championship and then turned professional.
Hamill was an Ice Capades headliner from 1977–1984 and won a battle with breast cancer in 2008. In 2013, she took part in the 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars," but was forced to drop out after just two dances over lower back pain caused during practice.
Rosi Mittermaier of West Germany nearly swept the women's alpine skiing events at the 1976 Winter Olympics, earning golds in downhill and slalom and a silver in giant slalom, missing a third gold by 0.13 seconds. She retired from international competition at age 25 following the 1976 season.
Today, Mittermaier, 63, works for several charities and occasionally as a commentator for German television for major sporting events. She established a charitable foundation to aid children with rheumatism in 2000. She's seen here in 2013 with her husband, fellow alpine skier Christian Neureuther, winner of six World Cup slalom races.
At the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, American figure skater Peggy Fleming built up a huge lead after the compulsory figures and easily won the first-place votes of all nine judges. It was the only gold medal the U.S. won during the 1968 games and the first since a February 1961 plane crash that killed the entire U.S. Figure Skating Team. Fleming also finished sixth at the 1964 Olympics and was a three-time world champion from 1966 to 1968.
Fleming was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her breast in 1998 and underwent a lumpectomy. Since then, she has been a breast cancer awareness advocate. For seven years, she and her husband ran the Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Winery, using grapes they grew on their property in foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and donating a portion of their profits to breast cancer treatment and research. The winery closed in 2011. She was also a color analyst for ABC Sports for more than 28 years, but retired in 2008, and is now a sought-after motivational speaker.
American figure skater Dick Button performed the first triple jump in international competition to claim his second consecutive men's figure skating Olympic title at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway. Besides his other Olympic gold medal from 1948, Button was also a five-time world champion from 1948 to 1952. He remains the only man to have won two Olympic gold medals in men’s figure skating.
Button entered Harvard Law School in 1952 and retired from amateur skating to focus on school. He skated with the Ice Capades during school breaks and later toured with Holiday on Ice. In the 1970s he got into television producing, creating a variety of made-for-television sports events, including "World Professional Figure Skating Championships," Dorothy Hamill specials for HBO and "Battle of the Network Stars." He also got into acting, appearing in the 1961 movie "The Young Doctors" and 1978's "The Bad News Bears Go to Japan." Button provided commentary for CBS's broadcast of the 1960 Winter Olympics, launching a decades-long career in television broadcast journalism. He became a figure skating analyst for ABC Sports in 1962, eventually teaming up with Peggy Fleming in 1981, and continued until 2008. He also provided commentary for NBC's coverage of the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and was lead judge on the reality TV show "Skating with the Stars" in the fall of 2010. In December 2013, he released the book "Push Dick's Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century--and a Little Tomfoolery."
A fundraising even at Madison West High School Saturday had a few familiar faces! Attendees enjoyed local entertainment and helped raise money for the Habitat for Humanity UW-Madison chapter by buying handmade ceramic bowls and enjoying a meal of soup and more. The event runs Saturday from 2-8 p.m.