View Poll Results: Who was the greatest MEN's singles figure skater never to become Olympic champion?

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  • Kurt Browning

    196 60.12%
  • Jeff Buttle

    3 0.92%
  • Toller Cranston

    11 3.37%
  • Brian Orser

    28 8.59%
  • Elvis Stojko

    6 1.84%
  • Brian Joubert

    6 1.84%
  • Stephane Lambiel

    48 14.72%
  • Todd Eldredge

    9 2.76%
  • Daisuke Takahashi

    13 3.99%
  • Other, please name!

    6 1.84%
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    Toss up between Lambiel and Cranston. Browning is undeniably great, but the 4 world titles make up for the missing Olympic gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    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.

    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.
    Unfortunately Alexander Abt's story is not only about good looks, tremendous talent, injuries, bad luck, wrong time-wrong place. It is also about lack of discipline, diligence, ambition, too much and . I liked him as well, but sometimes female posters here tend to glorify him a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerpower View Post
    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXtd7xq7URM
    This one is amazing.
    But even his tribute to Kristi to "Moon River" was very special, although it was a little exhibition, not worked that much !

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliceanne View Post
    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.
    I remember reading in one of the skating mags that Mishin studied Sandhu's skating skills and tried to get Plushy to incorporate similar elements in his skating.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha'sSpins View Post
    I feel this way about the late Christopher Bowman. I remember years ago Kurt Browning made some complimentary remarks about Bowman-something along the lines of if Christopher had ever gotten his sh!t together he might've given Browning something to worry about.

    Write in vote for Bowman. RIP.
    Bowman was a very talented guy, with an outgoing personality to match. He also had a background in TV and was very photogenic and camera-friendly. All of those qualities backed up with an OGM, only good things could have happened...

    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    Talented, yes. Great, no. Johnny had some of the best jump landings I've ever seen and was a beautiful skater with an organic ability. But he never really developed.

    And I don't think he was very influential - he has not left any mark on the sport that I can see.
    He was influential - we no longer expect stock answers from skaters anymore . I'll give him that much.

    But I haven't heard of other skaters saying that they want to skate like him.

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    Not even close for me....Kurt Browning!!! One of the all-time best (and no I'm not Canadian.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    Talented, yes. Great, no. Johnny had some of the best jump landings I've ever seen and was a beautiful skater with an organic ability. But he never really developed.

    And I don't think he was very influential - he has not left any mark on the sport that I can see.
    He was influential - we no longer expect stock answers from skaters anymore . I'll give him that much.

    But I haven't heard of other skaters saying that they want to skate like him.
    I don't know if he's ever said so explicitly, but it seems clear that Yuzuru Hanyu has been inspired (at least to some degree) by Johnny's skating.

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    It was hard choosing just one but I chose Cranston because he risked the most in pursuing what was a unique style of skating for his time. Also, as a skater I never liked figures and I feel for free skaters who missed out on medals because of them.

    Orser's two silver medals are nothing to sneeze at, and I think he was more multifaceted than Stojko. He certainly had along and successful career both amateur and pro.

    Lambiel's musicality and performance quality are amazing. He has also maintained high technical standards as a pro.
    Last edited by aliceanne; 09-18-2011 at 06:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post

    Bowman was a very talented guy, with an outgoing personality to match. He also had a background in TV and was very photogenic and camera-friendly. All of those qualities backed up with an OGM, only good things could have happened...

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    Bowman was a HUGE waste of an amazing talent. I remember Kurt saying at one time that when he first saw Chris skate (when both were young skaters), Kurt thought he could never beat him. Kurt ended up with 4 world championships and Chris none, all due to lack of discipline and bad influences (drugs). I really enjoyed Bowman's skating. He had such personality on the ice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Bowman was a HUGE waste of an amazing talent. I remember Kurt saying at one time that when he first saw Chris skate (when both were young skaters), Kurt thought he could never beat him. Kurt ended up with 4 world championships and Chris none, all due to lack of discipline and bad influences (drugs). I really enjoyed Bowman's skating. He had such personality on the ice!
    Oh so true. He was a good-looking charismatic kid too - that so could have worked to his advantage.

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    [QUOTE=Rex;3293877 He was influential - we no longer expect stock answers from skaters anymore . I'll give him that much.
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    Yes, we still expect - and get - stock answers from skaters. Johnny was certainly not the first to be unconventional in interviews and won't be the last. But those skaters are the exception and are not always thought of well.

    If Johnny is known to the public it's because he is making a name for himself in the world of fashion and socialites. Only figure skating fans remember him as a skater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    Yes, we still expect - and get - stock answers from skaters. Johnny was certainly not the first to be unconventional in interviews and won't be the last. But those skaters are the exception and are not always thought of well.

    If Johnny is known to the public it's because he is making a name for himself in the world of fashion and socialites. Only figure skating fans remember him as a skater.
    Who were the other skaters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Bowman was a HUGE waste of an amazing talent. I remember Kurt saying at one time that when he first saw Chris skate (when both were young skaters), Kurt thought he could never beat him. Kurt ended up with 4 world championships and Chris none, all due to lack of discipline and bad influences (drugs). I really enjoyed Bowman's skating. He had such personality on the ice!
    I guess it is hard to say what he was capable of since his work ethic wasnt as strong, and it is hard to even guage his potential which we probably didnt see on the ice. I personally never saw as much potential based on anything I saw from his skating as some. I dont think in retrospect he was destined to be better than Browning or Petrenko, or much better than he was. He didnt appear to me to have either more jumping or artistic talent than the very best skaters. JMO though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    I guess it is hard to say what he was capable of since his work ethic wasnt as strong, and it is hard to even guage his potential which we probably didnt see on the ice.
    A silver and a bronze medal at Worlds, two national championships, and a fourth place at the Olympics, and "it is hard to even gauge his potential which we probably didn't see on the ice"??? Those results would suggest quite a bit of potential....
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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    A silver and a bronze medal at Worlds, two national championships, and a fourth place at the Olympics, and "it is hard to even gauge his potential which we probably didn't see on the ice"??? Those results would suggest quite a bit of potential....
    In addition a 5th place finish at the 1988 Olympics definitely showed a potential for a skater his age. Next two years he won the silver and bronze, as you pointed it out. Unfortunately from that point on his career went down instead of up. After his world silver in 89 it seemed like he would be competing for world titles in the future and at the 92 Olympics. So I am in disagreement with Judgejudy here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    A silver and a bronze medal at Worlds, two national championships, and a fourth place at the Olympics, and "it is hard to even gauge his potential which we probably didn't see on the ice"??? Those results would suggest quite a bit of potential....
    It does not prove he had more potential than the people who regularly dominated him like Browning and Petrenko though. Whether he has more potential than such skaters is subjective, and personally I didnt see it. As I said it is hard to tell for sure when he wasnt working as hard as they were, but still atleast from watching him I didnt see superior jumping or artistic talent to either of those men. When people talk about his potential "some" seem to talk about him being by far the most talented skater or one of the most talented ever, and I dont see that much. I dont believe he would have a bucketload of gold medals even with his best effort personally.

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    I voted for Orser. I really think he should have won in 84 anyhow, he was the best all-around skater at that event by a long shot. Takahashi would be a distant second IMO.

    I think Kurt Browning is a little overrated. Did he ever skate a totally clean LP? Also, he never really had a triple lutz and I can only remember him attempting it a few times.

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    Lambiel having so many votes is surprising. I like his skating alot, but he was never really the best skater in the World. At the time of his 2 World titles Plushenko was considered the dominant skater by far, and had to withdraw midway through one injured, and skipped the other just after the Olympics. He also had a relatively short career near the top. He never come at all close to winning an OGM either, not in 2006 or 2010. He just wasnt a consistent or strong enough jumper to ever have a real shot at the OGM. He is basically the male Cohen except with 2 World titles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    Lambiel having so many votes is surprising. I like his skating alot, but he was never really the best skater in the World. At the time of his 2 World titles Plushenko was considered the dominant skater by far, and had to withdraw midway through one injured, and skipped the other just after the Olympics. He also had a relatively short career near the top. He never come at all close to winning an OGM either, not in 2006 or 2010. He just wasnt a consistent or strong enough jumper to ever have a real shot at the OGM. He is basically the male Cohen except with 2 World titles.
    I agree most of this, except for him being the male Cohen. When the window of opportunity was open for him (like in 05 & 06 worlds) he got through it and won those titles. Cohen could not get it done even at the 2006 worlds when the gold was just waiting for her, with Shizuka and Irina absent, and her only competition being Suguri (I don't think Meissner was even viewed as her competition at that time).

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    Lambiel having so many votes is surprising. I like his skating alot, but he was never really the best skater in the World. At the time of his 2 World titles Plushenko was considered the dominant skater by far, and had to withdraw midway through one injured, and skipped the other just after the Olympics. He also had a relatively short career near the top. He never come at all close to winning an OGM either, not in 2006 or 2010. He just wasnt a consistent or strong enough jumper to ever have a real shot at the OGM. He is basically the male Cohen except with 2 World titles.
    Doesn't make him any less great of a skater. Obviously, there's more to the definition of a great skater than medal counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I agree most of this, except for him being the male Cohen. When the window of opportunity was open for him (like in 05 & 06 worlds) he got through it and won those titles. Cohen could not get it done even at the 2006 worlds when the gold was just waiting for her, with Shizuka and Irina absent, and her only competition being Suguri (I don't think Meissner was even viewed as her competition at that time).
    Well with the exception of the 2006 Worlds which she totally blew, Sasha always seemed to have to skate completely clean to win. Her rivals at the time like Slutskaya, Kwan, and Arakawa were so strong she never had any margin. Lambiel found himself in a situation he was able to win major titles without skating cleanly. He could have even won the 2010 Olympics without skating cleanly, just needed to make less mistakes than he did. Sasha never had that luxury.

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