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    10 Best FreeSkates from a US Man (post-figures)

    My bad, I meant to post this in the trash can mods please move!! Sorry!!

    My picks:

    1)Jeremy Abbott 2010 Nationals FS- Absolutely the best blend of technical merit and artistic brilliance by a US man ever.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xemJfMK_TFg

    2)Jeremy Abbott- 2008/2009 GPF FS- An incredibly clean and difficult program with intense choreography.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOGsLuzdtug

    3)Johnny Weir 2008 Cup of China FS- Front-loaded, but beautifully completed all elements and great attack in this performance.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW9XqGT4rJI

    4)Michael Weiss 1999 Worlds FS- slight two-foot on the quad as always, but otherwise a really outstanding program showcasing nice lines.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFCEl12zNyc

    5)Todd Eldredge 2001 Worlds FS- A thrilling, clean long with great jumps and spins and more exciting choreography than his winning LP in 96.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEZyj0DM_5o

    6)Christopher Bowman 1991 Skate America FS- The epitome of style. Only gripe is that most of the program was quite slow.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7O07...eature=related

    7)Matt Savoie 2002 Worlds FS- A brilliant skate by a brilliant skater who never received his due simply because he never tried a quad in competition. Far better Concerto in F than Yuna's in my opinion...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w872...eature=related

    8)Adam Rippon 2010 4CC FS- Wonderful program with great technical merit and emotional choreography. My only gripe is the back pumping during crossovers. Have to believe he'll be moving up the list very soon.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pHhqa7b1yA

    9)Timothy Goebel- 2002 Olympic FS- A weak overall skater, but the excitement of hitting three quads added to his presentation greatly.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQXiiknXAH8

    10)Johnny Weir 2004 Nationals (or worlds for that matter) FS- All elements completed with complete confidence and control. As always, a little front-loaded for my tastes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkmUPsON6x8

    Honorable mentions:
    Lysacek (2007 Nationals), Galindo (1996 Nationals/Worlds), Weir (2005 Nationals)

    Your turn!
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    I can't remember that many in that much detail to give a top 10.. but if I was I would add Evan Lysacek's 2010 Olympic LP in there somewhere. I would probably place it first, followed by Jeremy's 2010 US Nats. I was going to also mention Ryan Bradley's 2010 US Nats LP, but he did single an axel in that program, I think.

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    1. Jeremy Abbott 2010 Nationals LP

    2. Jeremy Abbott 2008 GPF LP

    3. Matt Savoie 2002 Worlds LP

    4. Ryan Jahnke 2004 Nationals LP

    5. Rudy Galindo 1996 Nationals LP

    6. Jeremy Abbott 2008 Cup of China LP

    7. Matt Savoie 2006 Olympics LP

    8. Scott Davis 1994 Nationals LP

    9. Johnny Weir 2004 Nationals LP

    10. Brian Boitano 1994 Nationals LP

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    Evan's LP in Torino, especially considering his flu at the time. Not only a great program, but represented the spirit of the Olympics, IMO.

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    Evan's 2007 Nationals FS, definitely. Jam-packed, including the quad-triple, didn't put a foot wrong. Both of his Olympic FS were strong as well.

    Johnny's 2004 Nationals FS, which truly made me a fan.

    Matt Savoie's 2006 Nationals FS. Even with the fall it made me really teary

    And of course I totally agree with Jeremy's 2010 Nationals FS, perhaps my favorite of all!
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    I would think that one of Mark Mitchell's programs belongs somewhere on the list. Not sure if he ever had a completely clean 7-triple program, but he did have some with 6, and his presentation was superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neptune View Post
    I would think that one of Mark Mitchell's programs belongs somewhere on the list. Not sure if he ever had a completely clean 7-triple program, but he did have some with 6, and his presentation was superb.
    again for MM! His Don Quixote was an amazing eligible LP for him. He did pretty well with it at '92 Skate America and Lalique (which he won btw).

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    Evan at 2007 nationals was technically the most amazing, followed closely by Jeremy at Spokane.

    But who can forget:
    Rudy at 96 nationals, which is the most dramatic win ever at US nationals? (from 8th the previous year to 1st?)
    And who can forget Johnny's coming out party at 04 nationals? And Jahnke's clean LP at the same competition?

    Honorable mention: Todd at 1996 and 2001 worlds and 2002 nationals was pretty awesome too.

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    1. Jeremy Abbott 2010 Nationals
    2. Todd Eldredge 1996 Worlds
    3. Evan Lysacek 2007 Nationals
    4. Jeremy Abbott 08/09 Grand Prix final
    5. Johnny Weir 2004 Nationals
    6. Rudy Galindo 1996 Nationals
    7. Todd Eldredge 2001 Worlds
    8. Evan Lysacek 2009 Worlds
    9. Evan Lysacek 2010 Olympics
    10. Johnny Weir 2004 Worlds

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    Jeremy's LP at U.S. Nationals 2010 definately in 1st place!


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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    1. Jeremy Abbott 2010 Nationals LP

    4. Ryan Jahnke 2004 Nationals LP

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    I guess this is my top ten:

    1) Jeremy Abbott - 2010 Nationals
    2) Evan Lysacek - 2007 Nationals
    3) Jeremy Abbott - 2009 GPF
    4) Evan Lysacek - 2010 Olympics
    5) Brian Boitano - 1988 Olympics
    6) Rudy Galindo - 1996 Nationals
    7) Matt Savoie - 2006 Nationals
    8) Johnny Weir - 2004 Nationals
    9) Not sure yet
    10) Not sure yet
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    #1 Timmy Goebel at 2002 Olys. What an amazing program, 4S/3T, 4S, 4T, two 3A's, awesome choreography and interpretation.

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    1. Todd Eldredge, 2001 Worlds
    2. Jeremy Abbott, 2010 Nationals
    3. Evan Lysacek, 2007 Nationals
    4. Todd Eldredge 1996 Worlds
    5. Johnny Weir, 2004 Worlds
    6. Todd Eldredge, 2002 Olympics (even with fall)
    7. Rudy Galindo, 1996 Nationals
    8. Evan Lysacek, 2009 Worlds
    9. Evan Lysacek, 2006 Olympics
    10. Matt Savoie 2002 Worlds LP

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    Sorry to echo everyone else, but I have to agree with Jeremy's 2010 US Nationals free skate being in first place. One of the most exciting and exquisite performances I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmcC102 View Post
    1. Todd Eldredge, 2001 Worlds
    2. Jeremy Abbott, 2010 Nationals
    3. Evan Lysacek, 2007 Nationals
    4. Todd Eldredge 1996 Worlds
    5. Johnny Weir, 2004 Worlds
    6. Todd Eldredge, 2002 Olympics (even with fall)
    7. Rudy Galindo, 1996 Nationals
    8. Evan Lysacek, 2009 Worlds
    9. Evan Lysacek, 2006 Olympics
    10. Matt Savoie 2002 Worlds LP
    I like your choices. I'm not going to put them/mine in rank order, but I would also include Todd's 1998 Goodwill Games and Matt's 2006 Nationals performances. I also thought Mike was very impressive with his FS at 2000 (?) nationals. Timmy was really very, very good at 2003 Worlds.
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    Rudy Galindo 1996 Nationals LP. That was one program I replayed over and over again. By far (to me), the most exciting free skate. I remember how excited Dick Button was exclaiming "everyone in the arena is standing, including me!". The audience was on their feet cheering about 30 second before the end of the program. Truly exciting!

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    Mark mitchell and Ryan Jahnke deserve to be on my list.

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    1. Lysacek fs 2007 Nationals
    2. Lysacek fs 2010 OG
    3. Lysacek fs 2006 OG
    4. Lysacek fs 2009 WC
    5. Abbott fs 2010 Nationals
    6. Abbott 2008/2009 fs GPF
    7. Eldredge fs 1996 WC
    8. Boitano fs 1988 OG
    9. Savoie fs 2002 WC
    10. Galindo fs 1996 Nationals
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