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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    1. Axel Paulsen
    2. Dick Button
    3. John Curry
    4. Toller Cranston

    I'm trying to list only the names of skaters who revolutionarized the sport, because of their participations in it. That's how Uncle Dick defines greatness.
    Right, it's difficult to name the greatest of all time when we're most familiar with the skaters we've actually seen or heard the most about. Good to include Axel Paulsen (who created the axel jump). But missing would be Ulrich Salchow (famous for creating the salchow), and the great Jackson Haines who revolutionized the sport and taught both Salchow and Paulsen. Haines was responsible for developing the international style of skating -- artistic with balletic influence, graceful arms (instead of being held rigidly with little movement), use of music (before Haines' influence, routines were performed without music).

    My list of male pioneers who revolutionized the sport:
    Jackson Haines, Axel Paulsen, Ulrich Salchow, Dick Button, Toller Cranston

    List of greatest that I've witnessed:
    Cranston, Curry, Boitano, Weir, Cousins

    HM: Wylie, Bowman, Browning, Abt, Yagudin, Kulik

    Male pioneers of show skating: Frick and Frack, Gary Beacom

    Great male U.S. skaters I've heard about: Petkevich, Tickner, Ronnie Robertson (exceptional spinner), Hayes and David Jenkins

    Others I've enjoyed: Bradley, Jahnke, Savoie, Galindo, Eldredge, Delmore, Ward, Verner, Abbott, Takahashi, Lambiel, Urmanov, Petr Barna, and one of the best U.S. male skaters never to make it to Worlds: Shepherd Clark

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    Kurt Browning
    Alexei Yagudin
    Stephane Lambiel
    Evgeni Plushenko
    Brian Boitano

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    aftershocks, thanks for a great post!

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    Alexei Yagudin is No. 1

    Others are at the same.

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    1.) John Curry
    2.) Alexei Yagudin
    3.) Kurt Browning
    4.) Toller Cranston
    5.) Jeffrey Buttle

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    Curry (for skating so beautifully, always)
    Cranston (for being courageous)
    Kulik (for skating beautifully in a wide variety of styles)
    Lambiel (for sheer elegance)
    Yagudin (for being a competitor)

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    1. Evgeni Plushenko
    2. Ilia Kulik
    3. Alexei Yagudin
    4. Stéphane Lambiel
    5. Brian Joubert

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    1 Curry
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    4 Eldredge
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    1) Alexei Yagudin
    2) Brian Joubert
    3) Daisuke Takahashi
    4) Emanuel Sandhu
    5) Can't decide... Weir or Lambiel.. I guess Lambiel overall.
    “What’s on the revengenda this evening?” – Nolan Ross

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    Scott Hamilton
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    Viktor Petrenko
    Ilia Kulik
    Todd Eldredge

    (also Paul Wylie, Ilia Klimkin, Stephane Lambiel, Emanuel Sandhu, Alexei Yagudin, Rudy Galindo, etc. etc. etc. )

    Angie
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    Just the ones who made me love the skating even more, in no paricular order:

    John Curry
    Viktor Petrenko
    Alexei Yagudin
    Andrejs Vlascenko
    Stephane Lambiel
    Tomas Verner


    6, I know
    Bubbling under Petr Barna, Alexander Abt, Johnny Weir

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    Abt
    Browning
    Yagudin
    Plushenko
    Cranston

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    Buttle, Orser, Boitano, Eldredge and Lysacek.

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    1. Yagudin

    The rest I don't know maybe Browning, Cranston, Petrenko.

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    In no particular order, these are the five that have thrilled and moved me most over the years:

    Alexei Urmanov
    Ilia Kulik
    Alexei Yagudin
    Stephane Lambiel
    Daisuke Takahashi

    Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"

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    John Curry
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    Ilia Kulik
    Ryan Jahnke
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    Dick Button
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    John Curry
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    have to wait and see how the "young whippersnappers" shake out before they will make my list! Impress me some more, guys!

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    My top 5 men are:

    Minuro Sano (JPN) & tied with Takeshi Honda (JPN)
    Donald Jackson (CAD)
    Toller Cranston (CAN)
    Brian Orser (CAD)
    Kurt Browning (CAD)



    ETA Honourable Mention: Osborne Colson (CAD)
    Last edited by yukisnowflake; 06-22-2010 at 04:01 PM.

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