Readers' Choice Skater(s) of the Year Award (Michelle Kwan Trophy)

Each spring, figure skating fans are asked to vote for the eligible skater whom they believe is most deserving of the Readers' Choice Skater(s) of the Year Award (Michelle Kwan Trophy) based on the accomplishments of the past season. The Michelle Kwan Trophy, which represents both the sport of figure skating and SKATING magazine, is a one-of-a-kind crystal sculpture designed by Crystal Signatures of Pennsylvania.

Eligible skaters for the award include:
  • Top five senior skaters in each discipline at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships
  • Medalists at the World Figure Skating Championships
  • Medalists at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships
  • Top five senior teams at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships
  • Medalists at the World Synchronized Skating Championships
  • Medalists at the Synchronized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup


The winner(s) are announced in the August/September issue of SKATING, on the U.S. Figure Skating website and on icenetwork.com. The trophy is presented each year in an on-ice ceremony at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

When the award was first established in 1989, voting was done exclusively via SKATING magazine. It has since shifted to an online format.

In 2003, Michelle Kwan won her seventh Readers' Choice Award. In the history of the award, she is the only skater to win it more than once. To recognize her accomplishments, SKATING magazine and U.S. Figure Skating named the trophy in her honor.

Readers' Choice Award winners
2014 - Jeremy Abbott
2013 - Meryl Davis/Charlie White
2012 - Ashley Wagner
2011 - Meryl Davis/Charlie White
2010 - Johnny Weir
2009 - Evan Lysacek
2008 - Johnny Weir
2007 - Miami University
2006 - Kimmie Meissner
2005 - Tanith Belbin/Ben Agosto
2004 - Sasha Cohen, Haydenettes (tie)
2003 - Michelle Kwan
2002 - Michelle Kwan
2001 - Michelle Kwan
2000 - Michael Weiss
1999 - Michelle Kwan
1998 - Michelle Kwan
1997 - Tara Lipinski
1996 - Michelle Kwan
1995 - Todd Eldredge
1994 - Michelle Kwan
1993 - Scott Davis
1992 - Paul Wylie
1991 - Tonya Harding
1990 - Jill Trenary
1989 - Kristi Yamaguchi