Last edited by falling_dance; 09-17-2011 at 04:33 AM.
Brian Orser was just brilliant at the 84 Olympics. A sick Scott H skated like a parody of himself (except for figures), but Brian really shone.
Yet I picked Kurt, even though he became a GREAT skater only after turning pro.
Of those on the list, I think its Toller Cranston, without a doubt. And, if Johnny Weir wouldn't be considered by some as one of the greatest (to never win an Olympic medal), he's certainly one of the most talented and influential men's singles skaters of his era. I would also have included Alexander Abt on this list (sans his injuries, he probably would have accomplished much more in his career). Clearly AA is one of the sexiest men's singles skaters, IMHO.
I'm very surprised Toller doesn't have more votes, but I definitely understand why many would choose Kurt Browning.
As much as I like Todd, I also loved Timothy Goebel. I know some who would remember a certain message board where we used to pick about Todd and Tim, and I liked both of them. I always loved Tim's quad!
Editing to add that I meant Tim never won Gold. I hope that counts.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde
I went with Kurt; considering all that he did in his career, it defies belief that never even medalled at the Olympics.
Kurt Browning, of course !
Very good skills, innovative and versatile. Plus, 4 world titles and no olympic medal, what a shock !
I would have to say Kurt Browning for sure based on all he won in the past and how brilliant he was. He could turn a non-fan into a fan, glued to their tv. He could jump, skate to the music, do innovative footwork, draw a crowd, and make you laugh. He had it all didn't he? His mastering of footwork and music is only matched by Yags imo.
In my dreams it would also be Alexander Abt. He was such a beautiful skater such a shame all the injuries. Also would have loved to see Johnny Weir win.
Last edited by DickButtonFan; 09-17-2011 at 07:47 PM.
I voted Lambiel, but also all the Canadian gentlemen had a style of their own, very different from each other.
But why is Joubert on this poll? He is still continuing. And Takahashi, too.
Another special accomplishment of Browning's is being the only skater to win gold (wc or oly) with and without figures, two of each in fact.
Only Ito (gold 89 and silver in Albertville) and Petrenko (silver in 89 and 90 and gold in 92 wc and oly) come close to having that.
He was maybe on the small side to be a pairs skater but he completely excelled at everything else. If they had solo dance back then I'm sure he could win that too.
Had The Grand Prima Donna Of Whine, Supreme Diva Emanuel Sandhu, EVER, EVER lived up to his untapped potential, it would have been him.
I didn't get to see Sandhu skate that much, but I remember Plushenko being asked in 2006 who his greatest competition for the OGM was, and he said if he ever got it together and skate cleanly Sandhu would hard to beat.
Browning sure did have it all (and he's still skating, luckily for us).
Here's his wonderful Singing in the Rain number, from his "You Must Remember This" TV special.
I remember an interview with Toller Cranston, in which he talked a bit about Kurt. Toller said that normally he never watched Kurt's TV specials, since he'd never been hired to skate in them (love Toller...he didn't mind saying things like that ), but one day Toller was flipping channels, and saw Kurt's "Singing in the Rain" number and thought...OK, the rest of us (male skaters) should just give up now, Kurt has done it all.
Eventually they became good friends, and Kurt and Sonia visited Toller in Mexico at one point.
1991 Europeans (I believe -- can't find verification on youtube)
1991 Worlds (hard to tell it's a quad in the program but see slow motion afterward)
1992 Europeans (according to commentary in next clip)
1992 Olympics (hand down and probably <)
1997 Champions Series Final (historic occasion of first time three skaters landed ratified quads in the same competition, one being Stojko's first clean 4T+3T)
I could also name at least two or three other occasions when he tried and fell.
I voted for Browning
Write in vote for Bowman. RIP.
Last edited by Sasha'sSpins; 09-18-2011 at 08:34 AM.
And I don't think he was very influential - he has not left any mark on the sport that I can see.
Hard to say whether Abt would have become great. I do agree that he was very good looking, but I didn't find him particularly sexy.I would also have included Alexander Abt on this list (sans his injuries, he probably would have accomplished much more in his career). Clearly AA is one of the sexiest men's singles skaters, IMHO.
There was a video of him drunk and bleeding after an altercation on a plane posted on You Tube some time ago. It was really sad and I had to wonder whether booze got the better of him, his good looks, and his talent.