I thought of this when I read the thread about Gary Beacom, who was so creative that he seemed to defy the laws of physics in his skating. There are are other skaters that may not have been That creative, but even while competing as eligible skaters their creativity set them apart. Ice dance already has a lot of creativity built into it. For other disciplines it is hard to satisfy the traditional requirements and yet be extraordinarily creative. Win or lose, they were never boring.
I never watched Beacom as an eligible skater, so I don't know if he became creative only as a pro. May be someone can help me out here. BTW many eligible skaters turned very creative once they turned pro.
Other skaters whose creativity (I am not referring to just doing harder jumps or getting into difficult positions while spinning)-
Gary Beacom (already mentioned)
Mishketenok-Dmitriev, with their unique choreography, which was unusual those days in pairs skating
Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze, with their Chaplin LP and other unusual moves like spiral into throw 2R, and spiral-spread eagles
Chinese pairs with their high flying split triple twists and throws
Kazakova-Dmitriev (similar creativity to M&D, using her flexibility)
Savchenko-Szolkowy: their style is very different from the traditional one
Michelle Kwan in her young years was very creative (COE spiral, spin in two directions, 2 falling leaves in a row, etc.), including the music she chose (there is a separate thread about her & Lori's choreo)
Sasha Cohen created many different looks due to her extraordinary flexibility
I am forgetting the name of the young lady that had two very creative programs at the 2006 US nationals. Need help here.