Madelon has been collecting dolls of all sorts for a very long time so she often sends in photos of some of the neatest finds. Let’s see what she has for us today.

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Katia Gordeeva was a figure skater born in Moscow in 1971. She skated pairs with Sergei Grinkov. Together they won two Olympic gold medals in pairs in 1988 and 1994. I loved watching them skate! Two Katia dolls were distributed by Target (and made by Playmates Toys) around 1997. They were marketed as Championship Skating Collectibles.

The dolls did not capture her beauty or spirit to me,  but I loved the memories that this young Russian skater gave her fans (kind of like the new Russian ice skater, Yulia Lipnitskaya, will undoubtedly do for this generation of fans).

To me, when the box tells you it is a collectible, it probably won’t be one. I bought the dolls on clearance many years ago.

The back of the box show you what she looked like at the time.

An officially licensed product of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, this Barbie was promoted by Michelle Kwan. Michelle’s picture appears on the box. She was a fun doll that could spin.

The back of the box shows how she could spin, but it also shows the Kelly Club releases for the Olympics, too. They are adorable!

Olympic Skater Barbie was another Officially Licensed product released in 1998 for the Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan.

Look who is on the back of the box – Tara Lipinski before she won her gold. Now Tara is a skating commentator for the Sochi Olympics! 

Do you collect certain dolls to commemorate events such as the Olympics, your favorite movie or special event?