Todd Eldredge and Jeff Buttle... amazing spins.
Czisny, Nakano, Lipnitskaya
honorable mention: Nagasu, Asada
Lambiel, Chan, Lysacek
honorable mention: Rippon, Hanyu
Lipnitskaya is fine. Her spins get out of control sometimes though and that separates her from the best spinners. Maybe with time they'll become better.
Anyone remember Katrina Hacker? Her spins were almost Czisny-esque. But I also felt that Hacker's spins got out of control sometimes.
But that's partly justified because of the difficulty in them.
Czisny, Cohen, Zhang (the pearl spin was out of this world), Lambiel.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
For men Lambiel, Ronnie Robertson, and Eldredge are the best ones I can think of. Sad for Lambiel his spins were ruined to some degree by many of the silly COP variables, and also not properly rewarded (he often had less points gained on spins than some of his competitors which was ridiculous).
Lucinda Ruh and Nathalie Krieg get the old school mention. Both for speed and positions. They were incredible.
I say in the current crop of ladies, Alissa Czisny (speed and centering) and Mirai Nagasu (difficulty and speed). Included in this also are Caroline Zhang (circa 2007 for speed, centering and positioning -- she was the best in the world that year), Mao Asada (really lovely stretch and positions, though not as fast as others) and Yukari Nakano (wonderful stretch and speed).
I'd mention Julia Lipnitskaia now, but I'll give her some time to get better. She has a traveling problem from time to time and though her flexibility is freakish, I'm not as impressed with her bendiness as I was with Caroline Zhang for example. Like others said, Julia loses speed and doesn't always look as in control. She'll get better with age, but for right now she's not on my list.
Fumie had some great spins, particularly the scratch spin. Watch from the layback to the camel to the combo spin at the end:Originally Posted by easilydistracte
Another great spinner was Jeri Campbell.
Did anyone mention Rudy Galindo? He had beautiful spin positions.
Tonya Harding had great spins.
I remember seeing Ronnie Robertson in Ice Follies in Cobo Arena in Detroit. He had on a costume that was half white and half black. It turned grey during his spins. Simply amazing!
"awwww....shades of Janet Lynn" - Dick Button on anyone who makes more than one mistake in their program.