How would you rank the mens Olympic medal winning LPs from 1992 to 2010. Here would be mine:
1. Alexei Yagudin 2002 gold - do I really need to say anything.
2. Evgeny Plushenko 2006 gold- technical merit would be too strong for the others, whether you like the overall package much or not.
3. Ilia Kulik 1998 gold- beautiful amazing jumps and great style. Spins were the only iffy area, a few too many posing sections, and guys would later be doing multiple quads. Still an amazing skater, great to see him finally put it together.
4. Evgeny Plushenko 2002 gold- very strong performance inspite of a few small mistakes. Again technically nearly unmatchable outside a few noteables.
5. Tim Goebel- just because of the 3 quads, which is an amazing athletic feat.
6. Stephane Lambiel- I probably overrank him but I loved his skating. Anyway he skated far worse in 2010 and nearly medaled and was only 5 points from winning the LP against a field now lacking anything close to a prime Plushenko.
7-9. Takahashi-Plushenko-Lysacek 2010 podium- since I dont feel like arguing this again. Only will say if Takahashi didnt fall on the quad he was planets above the other 2 this year whether the judges would have recognized it or not.
10. Jeff Buttle 2006 bronze- I know he beat Lambiel in the LP phase in 2006 but he shouldnt have.
11. Alexei Urmanov 1994 gold- I actually agreed with his victory this year. Beautiful and effortless jumps and very strong presentation. Spins and footwork make him inferior to the 2006 and 2010 podium.
12. Elvis Stojko 1994 silver- a much debated runner up to Urmanov in 94. Personally I think the overall level of the two were quite close this year.
13. Elvis Stojko 1998 silver- a very gutsy performance and very strong technically inspite of the his handicapt.
14. Victor Petrenko 1992 gold- not great but was the rightful winner that night.
15. Philipe Candelero 1994 bronze- if he hadnt botched that 2nd triple axel planned near the end he might have won that night. Wonderfully inventive program but his skating is full of technique and stylistic flaws all the same.
16. Paul Wylie 1992 silver- great artistry but technically he isnt that strong for a top level skater even on a decent day.
17. Philipe Candelero 1998 bronze- lucky medal really.
18. Petr Barna 1992 bronze- bad program for him well below his artistic potential, and a bad performance to it that night.