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    My top 10 men

    Stealing/borrowing an idea from another poster-

    Here are my top 10 men (I did not include those who were only 'figures' skaters because it's hard to compare. Also I may have missed some of the older skaters that contributed a lot to the sport due my lack of familiarity with their performances. I did not include any of the currently competing skaters either).

    1.Dick Button (2 OGMs)
    2.Alexei Yagudin
    3.John Curry
    4.Toller Cranston
    5.Evgeni Plushenko
    6.Brian Boitano
    7.Robin Cousins
    8.Kurt Browning
    9.Scott Hamilton
    10.Ilia Kulik

    Honorable mentions (not necessarily in order):

    Elvis Stojko (for his contributions to the quad, and 3 world championships and two Olympic silvers)

    Stephane Lambiel

    Brian Orser

    Viktor Petrenko

    Alexei Urmanov

    Paul Wylie

    ETA: Looks like I did not 'steal' very well. The thread title should have been YOUR Top 10 men (not MY top 10 men). Can an admin correct this?
    Last edited by Vash01; 11-08-2011 at 08:35 PM.

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    Using the same criteria I did for the ladies thread, in alphabetical order:

    Jeremy Abbott
    Brian Boitano
    Jeffrey Buttle
    Robin Cousins
    John Curry
    Takahiko Kozuka
    Stephane Lambiel
    Matt Savoie
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Alexei Yagudin

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    Robin Cousins
    Kurt Browning
    Toller Cranston
    Alexei Yagudin
    Stephane Lambiel
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Jeffrey Buttle
    Brian Orser
    Brian Boitano
    Patrick Chan

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    1. Evgeni Plushenko
    2. Alexei Yagudin
    3. Alexander Abt
    4. Stéphane Lambiel
    5. Brian Joubert
    6. Johnny Weir
    7. Takahiko Kozuka
    8. Ilia Kulik
    9. Artur Gachinski
    10. Javier Fernandez
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    So difficult, I think there are many great skaters in term of skating skills. I'm not fond of Patrick Chan and Alexei Urmanov, but IMO, their skating skills are so good, they have to be in my top 10 !
    My top ten would include :

    John Curry
    Kurt Browning
    Stephane Lambiel
    Patrick Chan
    Alexei Yagudin
    Jeremy Abbott
    Brian Boitano
    Robin Cousins
    Alexei Urmanov
    Ilia Kulik

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    I've only been following skating since around 2000, so I really don't remember many of the guys you've mentioned, but for me it's Yagudin all the way. By far the best male singles skater I've ever seen. Noone has ever come close in my eyes. Yags is perfection.

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    My faves, in no particular order

    Dick Button
    Todd Eldredge
    Brian Orser
    Paul Wylie
    Kurt Browning
    Brian Boitano
    Ilia Kulik
    Elvis Stojko
    Robin Cousins
    Scott Hamilton

    Honorable mention - Takahiko Kozuka (for the current generation), Jeff Buttle, Matt Savoie

    Skaters who are great competitors, although not among my favorites - Evgeni Plushenko, Alexei Yagudin
    Last edited by paskatefan; 11-08-2011 at 10:03 PM. Reason: Moderators, please delete this double post - sorry! keep the second one, eliminate this one!

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    My faves, in no particular order

    Dick Button
    Todd Eldredge
    Brian Orser
    Paul Wylie
    Kurt Browning
    Brian Boitano
    Ilia Kulik
    Elvis Stojko
    Robin Cousins
    Scott Hamilton

    Honorable mention - Takahiko Kozuka (for the current generation), Jeff Buttle, Matt Savoie

    Skaters who are great competitors, although not among my favorites - Evgeni Plushenko, Alexei Yagudin - I certainly do respect their athleticism.

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    So will a Pairs/ Dance thread be started soon? well anywho here's mine....

    Ilia Kulik
    Paul Wylie
    Philippe Candeloro
    Alexei Yagudin
    Brian Boitano
    Brian Orser
    Matt Savoie
    Emmanuel Sandhu
    Robin Cousins
    Johnny Weir

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    Alexei Urmanov
    Alexander Abt
    Brian Boitano
    Ryan Jahnke
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Ilia Klimkin
    Stephane Lambiel
    Evgeny Plushenko
    Chengjiang Li
    Silvio Smalun

    Mostly random order, but Urmanov is my top favorite.

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    My top ten not in any particular order

    Johnny Weir
    Christopher Bowman
    David Santee
    Matt Savoie
    Todd Eldredge
    Brian Boitano
    Scott Hamilton
    Mark Mitchell
    Kurt Browning
    Paul Wylie

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    1. Brian Boitano
    2. Paul Wylie
    3. Scott Hamilton
    4. Stephane Lambiel
    5. Robin Cousins
    6. Viktor Petrenko
    7. Evan Lysacek
    8. Evgeni Plushenko
    9. Ilia Kulik
    10. Ryan Janhke

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    in the order of which they appeared on the scene:

    Curry
    Cousins
    Orser
    Bowman
    Browning
    Urmanov
    Kulik
    Yagudin
    Savoie
    Chan

    Honorable mention: Petrenko, Takahashi, Abbott. Hanyu and/or Gachinski might make the list someday, depending on how much they improve.

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    1. Dick Button- way ahead of his time
    2. Alexei Yagudin
    3. Robin Cousins
    4. Brian Boitano
    5. Kurt Browning
    6. John Curry
    7. Evgeny Plushenko
    8. Elvis Stojko
    9. Brian Orser
    10. Patrick Chan

    Honorable mentions- Toller Cranston, Scott Hamilton, Gillis Grafstrom, Ulrich Salchow, Karl Schafer, Jenkins Brothers

    No skater post 2006 belongs on the list at all IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    1. Dick Button- way ahead of his time
    2. Alexei Yagudin
    3. Robin Cousins
    4. Brian Boitano
    5. Kurt Browning
    6. John Curry
    7. Evgeny Plushenko
    8. Elvis Stojko
    9. Brian Orser
    10. Patrick Chan

    Honorable mentions- Toller Cranston, Scott Hamilton, Gillis Grafstrom, Ulrich Salchow, Karl Schafer, Jenkins Brothers

    No skater post 2006 belongs on the list at all IMHO.


    If you meant 'past 2006' why is Patrick Chan on your list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    If you meant 'past 2006' why is Patrick Chan on your list?
    Perhaps he got in under the wire by skating at 2006 Canadians?

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    In no real order...

    Kurt Browning
    Brian Boitano
    Alexei Yagudin
    Stephane Lambiel
    Matt Savoie
    Scott Hamilton
    Ilia Kulik
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Paul Wylie
    Brian Orser

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
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    If you meant 'past 2006' why is Patrick Chan on your list?
    Sorry, you are right. I sort of dont think he belongs there yet, yet I sort of think he does for his WR breaking performances last season. So he is a tricky one. He is definitely already a better skater than any of the Joubert, Lambiel, Lysacek, class are though, and a better competitor (despite the numerous falls at times) than Takahashi ever was.

    When I typed that I was thinking of the 2007-2010 generation of top skaters which was very weak IMO. How else did we have this sudden return to quadless champions, even ones with mediocre artistry like Lysacek to boot. Thank god that quad of rubbish is over, and the rubbish has merely been transformed to the ladies for the 2011-2014 quad it appears.

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    1. Plushyagudin

    Random order

    S. Lambiel
    D.Takahashi
    J. Abbott
    P. Chan
    K. Browning
    A.Abt
    A. Urmanov
    I. Kulik
    F.Candeloro

    A lot of honorable mention: Matt Savoie, Jeff Buttle, B Boitano, B Orser, etc,etc

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    My top ten favourites in alphabetical order (current eligible skaters not included):

    Kurt Browning
    Jeffrey Buttle
    Philippe Candeloro (not as a pro)
    Robin Cousins
    John Curry
    Ilia Kulik (not as a pro)
    Stephane Lambiel
    Brian Orser
    Alexei Urmanov
    Paul Wylie

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