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How much do Olympic figure skating dresses cost?


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    Maxie Herber and Ernst Baier winning the 1936 Olympic Pairs figure skating gold medal at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 

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    1948: American figure skater, Gretchen Merrill, in St Moritz, Switzerland for the Winter Olympics.

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    1952:  Jeanette Altwegg skates for photographers after winning a gold medal in the Women's Figure Skating Competition in the Winter Olympics at Oslo. 

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    1968: American figure skater Peggy Fleming practices on an outside rink in Grenoble (French Alps), during the Winter Olympic Games. Fleming won the gold medal.

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    1976 : Dorothy Hamill in the center smile while wearing her gold medel at the Winter Olympics skating competition in Innsbruck, Austria. Dorothy Hamill wins the gold medel for the USA in the Womes Figure skating competition.

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    1984: Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Great Britain on their way to winning gold medals in the Ice Dancing event during the Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games in Yugoslavia.

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    1988: American figure skater Debi Thomas performs her long program during the women's competition 27 February 1988 in Calgary at the Winter Olympic Games. East German Katarina Witt won the gold medal in front of Canadian Elizabeth Manley (silver) and Thomas (bronze)

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    1992: Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi from the United States smiles as she performs during the women's free program at the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville. Yamaguchi won the gold medal in front of Japanese Midori Ito (silver) and Nancy Kerrigan from the United States (bronze).

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    The winners of the Olympic women's figure skating competition, from L to R, Michelle Kwan (silver), Tara Lipinski (gold) both of the US and Chen Lu (bronze) of China pose with their medals at the White Ring in Nagano 20 February. 

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    2014: Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on Day 10 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. They won a gold medal.

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Olympic figure skating costumes are all about fit, flare, and a few thousand rhinestones. All that glitter isn't cheap. The dress Gracie Gold wore on the cover of Sports Illustrated would set you back $3,000.  

Designers say dresses run anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 each. And Olympic contestants need more than one. It takes a wardrobe of shine to succeed on the ice.

 

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Adriene Hill is the senior multimedia reporter for LearningCurve.

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