Carlo Fassi apparently did not want John to skate at the Europeans as there were 5 eastern European judges on the panel and he felt that a loss in Geneva would harm him politically in Innsbruck. But John did compete and only won because the czech judge (I think it was the czech judge) put Curry first over Kovalev and went against the Eastern bloc. He did not judge internationally again for 10 years .
Once the floodgates had opened and John had won a major ISU title, it became easier for the judges to give John the marks he actually deserved and defend their decisions to their federations. There are many other instances where John should have placed ahead of Kovalev or indeed Jan Hoffmann in the free skating including 1973 Worlds and 1975 Europeans and Worlds.
While I have no problem with you preferring Robin over John and can totally see why you would do so, I don't really understand why you make such sweeping statements based on nothing and that are absolutely untrue to justify your thoughts!
Oh and I love Toller to bits but anything he ever said about John was coloured by the very dysfunctional relationship they endured.
Dick Button. Only Euro to win a U.S. National title!
I voted for Alexei Yagudin.
He is the best.
The one and only - Yags without a doubt.
And honorable mentions for Plushenko and Joubert, for perseverance and consistency.
The most interesting and original and that's why the greatest are Lambiel and Curry.
John Curry my favorite ever
I like Robin Cousins but I didn't watch that much of his skating (1980 programs and some pros programs).
ITA. I just rewatched some of Robin’s programs (and John’s) and I was surprised how much Robin telegraphed his jumps. A full rink of crossovers for a double or a 3R! (and his stroking was kind of ugly).
Yes, Robin was the better jumper and had superb spins but no way he was that much better than John or better than all the other guys combined, as someone said.
I’d love to find out why people think that Robin was so much better .
Curry, Cousins and Lambiel.
As great as their jumps were, the Russians weren't really in the same league skating wise.
I have to say Plushenko, mostly because of his ability to compete at a high level for so long. He has three Olympic medals now, and could get a fourth at the next Olympics! I'm not really a fan of him personally, but I can't deny he's great.
Ilia Kulik anyone?
I voted for Yagudin. He had it all - great athleticism and great artistry. Kulik and Cousins would be my next top picks.