Extraordinarily elegant male skaters (singles or otherwise)

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  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Figure skating is a beautiful, elegant sport, in general. The ladies in particular are encouraged to be elegant. However, some male skaters are very elegant and graceful. Here is my list:


    (Singles)

    John Curry
    Matt Savoie
    Paul Wylie
    Johnny Weir
    Viktor Petrenko
    Ilia Kulik
    Todd Eldredge
    Robin Cousins
    Jeremy Abbott
    Patrick Chan
    Alexander Abt
    Jeff Buttle
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Rudy Galindo
    Jason Brown

    (I am surprised that the list is so long)


    (Pairs and ice dance):

    Anton Sikharulidze
    Sergei Grinkov
    John Zimmerman
    Oleg Protopopov
    Randy Gardner
    Artur Dmitriev

    Alexander Zhulin
    Gwendal Peizerat
    Oleg Ovssianikov
    Sergei Ponomarenko
    Christopher Dean
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    triple_toe Well-Known Member

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    Stephane should be in there, at least late-career Stephane. I'd say his Ne Me Quitte Pas was definitely extraordinarily elegant, and his La Traviata was quite elegant as well.
    I always thought Sretenski of Annenko/Sretenski was very elegant.
    Emmanuel Sandhu could be very graceful.
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  5. DORISPULASKI

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    Definitely Toller Cranston!
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    It's amazing how different opinions can be. At a quick glance, I agree with everyone listed... except for Todd Eldredge! I can hardly think of a more wooden, uninteresting, "aw shucks" kind of skater from the past 20 years who achieved so much. I think it was the way he didn't use his head that factors greatly into how I came to find his "presentation" pretty ridiculous. I don't think there's a mean thing I could come up with regarding him personally, so- again- this is just my marveling at how different people view things. Perhaps links to videos will follow as people share their favorite examples of named skaters.

    Interesting topic, especially as it concerns pairs and ice dance, where the men tend to show off the women and not normally get tons of recognition.
  7. orientalplane

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    Alexei Urmanov.

    I wouldn't call Todd Eldredge "elegant". :shuffle:
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    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

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    Todd Eldridge is about as elegant as a brick. I agree with all the others on the original list, except Todd and also I never really considered Ilia elegant. There are a few Canadians that aren't on there that should be (Eman, Sebastien Britton, Sawyer). I also think Stannick Jeanette could be on the list. Although his choreography (as brilliant as it was) didn't often show it , you could still see it in his moves and lines.
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    I think Todd is a very elegant skater. It didn't happen overnight, but he has certainly developed into one.

    May I add Armin M., Ross Miner, and Harrison Choate (a US junior man) for the current eligibles?

    Vash, I really like your list!
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    casken Well-Known Member

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    Even if his programs were the usual movie soundtrack stuff, Todd had very nice lines and good form.
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    Emanuel Sandhu was very elegant
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    I'm partial to the innovators. People like Allen Schramm, Gary Beacom, Paul Duchesnay, etc. You guys have a term for them, but I forgot what it was. "Spacey skaters", or something like that?
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  13. falling_dance

    falling_dance The Scarlet Unlettered

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    Voidy. :inavoid:
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    Johnny_Fever New Member

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    That's it. Thanks. :)
  15. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

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    I always found Todd to be an understated, subtly elegant skater.

    I'm giving Angel Boy Rippon a vote, I love his arms, his head postions..His Cinema Paradisio is one of my all-time favorite exhibitions..and this yrs Rach exhibition is also quite lovely.
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    I'm surprised Robin Cousins hasn't been mentioned. I always loved his long lines.
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    I agree about Lambiel - although he was not very elegant in his early career, now I actually assocciate such words as "elegance" and "gracefulness" with him more than with any other of the current male singles skaters (I mean both "amateur" and professional). And it's not just for 'Ne me quitte pas' and 'La Traviata'. It's also 'Poeta' (or 'Flamenco'), 'Carne Cruda', 'Otono Porteno' (or 'Tango') as it was skated in shows, the later show version of 'The Four Seasons', such jazzy programs as 'Tainted Love', 'Let the Good Times Roll', and, now, 'Don't Stop The Music', 'Bring Me to Life', 'Prelude in G. Minor', 'Rigoletto', his new program for 'Art on Ice' - 'My Body Is A Cage', and a few others. Actually, whatever Lambiel does now - everything is elegant and, often, graceful.
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    Adam Rippon and Yuzuru Hanyu
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    Boy.. I would take Todd off that list... Elegant would never be a word I would use to describe his skating...

    Brian Boitano however....... Elegance for sure
  21. Vash01

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    All are great choices. When I watched Stephane's exhibition from last year on YT, I was amazed by his elegance throughout the routine.

    Sretenski was very elegant, especially as a pro. I somehow forgot to list him.

    Sandhu is one of the most elegant male skaters.
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    I'd remove Todd- never an elegant or artistic skater-he always went for the bombastic movie track-and looked more like a wooden toy soldier.

    Toller, on the ther hand was elegant.

    Adam is artistic, but doesn't have the effortless power to be elegant yet. Same with Hanyu.
  23. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the links. I agree that Urmanov was very elegant. I remembered him and Lambiel after I went to bed, and did not want to get up to update my list:lol:

    ETA: Should Shawn Sawyer be on this list? He has amazing positions on spins, spirals, but I am not quite convinced that the rest of his skating is elegant. I am open to a different opinion though.
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  24. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Robin Cousins has been mentioned in the original post.
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    Cinema Paradiso at Skate Canada 2010 and Rach at 4CC's especially. Also, his photos bear out that elegance. :) With respect to not having the power, when he's not under competition pressure, his skating is far more effortless

    I'd also give a nod to Matt Savoie
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    Anton Sikharulidze came to mind first.
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    Emanuel Sandhu was the very first one that came to my mind and I was surprised not to see him on the initial list. Sebastien Britten was another very elegant skater - totally aware of the picture he painted on the ice.
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    cool. such a great coincidence to have this thread since it was exactly what i had in mind to ask :p watching Sikharulidze at the 2002 Olys made me wish to watch other elegant and expressive dance/pair male partners.
    but must say, that Anton guy is really a sublime creature :D
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    I say the most elegant currently competing are Abbott, Takahashi, and Chan in that order. Takahashi occasionally falls victim to awkward choreography and to me, Chan tends towards skating elements rather than programs. The individual elements look gorgeous, they just don't flow together amazingly like Abbott's and Takahashi's can.
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  31. TwizzlerS

    TwizzlerS Well-Known Member

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    Here's a relatively unknown but elegant skater:

    Rudi Cerne
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    Though he lacks the jumps and program difficulty to compete at the level of most others listed in this thread,
    Jonathan Cassar is quite elegant IMHO.
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    Ice Dance: Peter T.

    Pairs: Mr. Tong
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    Grinkov, Curry. There's so many but those two were extraordinary.
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    nice to see two kids listed here :p , especially Hanyu. Right from the start of his fabolous R+J program, he hits many choreographic positions that stick in one's memory all the way through, but without losing speed and oomph. that's the secret of a great program versus a good program, perhaps. frankly, he makes look the first triple axel as aesthetically appealing as some kind of work of art :D
    (i can't say the same on Chan's style.)
  36. shan

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    I was going to mention him!
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    I've never really thought of Todd Eldridge as being elegent... :shuffle:
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    Hanyu may be a kid, but he's a very elegant kid!

    Speaking of "kids", Jason Brown and Joshua Farris are two other very elegant kids!
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    Cassar has very nice lines and extension.

    David Liu who went on to compete internationally for Taiwan didn't have a lot of technical difficulty in his jumps for the time either, but I love his SLSS in this program --years before doing it on one foot became a feature :).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c3ceRk1P0Y

    And I completely agree with Allen Schramm's mention earlier on, too. Very creative and trying different things -all while maintaining good positions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbUCqEbzFEs
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  40. Proustable

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    Oh, I'd definitely include Chan. His precise movements, the beautiful flow of the elements, the gorgeous positions, the astonishing footwork. Very elegant.

    I'm not sure I'd include Sawyer, though I really like what he does.