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    Quote Originally Posted by triple_toe View Post
    Stephane should be in there, at least late-career Stephane. I'd say his Ne Me Quitte Pas was definitely extraordinarily elegant, and his La Traviata was quite elegant as well.
    I always thought Sretenski of Annenko/Sretenski was very elegant.
    Emmanuel Sandhu could be very graceful.
    All are great choices. When I watched Stephane's exhibition from last year on YT, I was amazed by his elegance throughout the routine.

    Sretenski was very elegant, especially as a pro. I somehow forgot to list him.

    Sandhu is one of the most elegant male skaters.

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    I'd remove Todd- never an elegant or artistic skater-he always went for the bombastic movie track-and looked more like a wooden toy soldier.

    Toller, on the ther hand was elegant.

    Adam is artistic, but doesn't have the effortless power to be elegant yet. Same with Hanyu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha'sSpins View Post
    Ulrich Salchow -the first Olympic Men's Figure Skating Champion
    Ulrich Salchow - 1908 Olympic Men's Champion

    Gillis Grafstroem
    Gillis Graefstrom-1920-1924-1928 Olympic Champion

    I think Alexei Urmanov was quite elegant as well in his movements.
    Thanks for the links. I agree that Urmanov was very elegant. I remembered him and Lambiel after I went to bed, and did not want to get up to update my list

    ETA: Should Shawn Sawyer be on this list? He has amazing positions on spins, spirals, but I am not quite convinced that the rest of his skating is elegant. I am open to a different opinion though.
    Last edited by Vash01; 02-25-2012 at 06:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ageless View Post
    I'm surprised Robin Cousins hasn't been mentioned. I always loved his long lines.
    Robin Cousins has been mentioned in the original post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanette View Post
    I always found Todd to be an understated, subtly elegant skater.

    I'm giving Angel Boy Rippon a vote, I love his arms, his head postions..His Cinema Paradisio is one of my all-time favorite exhibitions..and this yrs Rach exhibition is also quite lovely.
    Cinema Paradiso at Skate Canada 2010 and Rach at 4CC's especially. Also, his photos bear out that elegance. With respect to not having the power, when he's not under competition pressure, his skating is far more effortless

    I'd also give a nod to Matt Savoie

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    I just found this practice clip of Martiusheva-Rogonov. IMO Rogonov belongs on the list of elegant men. They are such a lovely pair to watch!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBy_7...eature=related

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    Anton Sikharulidze came to mind first.

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    Emanuel Sandhu was the very first one that came to my mind and I was surprised not to see him on the initial list. Sebastien Britten was another very elegant skater - totally aware of the picture he painted on the ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    (Pairs and ice dance):

    Anton Sikharulidze
    Sergei Grinkov
    John Zimmerman
    Oleg Protopopov
    Randy Gardner
    Artur Dmitriev

    Alexander Zhulin
    Gwendal Peizerat
    Oleg Ovssianikov
    Sergei Ponomarenko
    Christopher Dean
    cool. such a great coincidence to have this thread since it was exactly what i had in mind to ask watching Sikharulidze at the 2002 Olys made me wish to watch other elegant and expressive dance/pair male partners.
    but must say, that Anton guy is really a sublime creature

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    I say the most elegant currently competing are Abbott, Takahashi, and Chan in that order. Takahashi occasionally falls victim to awkward choreography and to me, Chan tends towards skating elements rather than programs. The individual elements look gorgeous, they just don't flow together amazingly like Abbott's and Takahashi's can.

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    Here's a relatively unknown but elegant skater:

    Rudi Cerne

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    Though he lacks the jumps and program difficulty to compete at the level of most others listed in this thread,
    Jonathan Cassar is quite elegant IMHO.

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    Ice Dance: Peter T.

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    Grinkov, Curry. There's so many but those two were extraordinary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky166 View Post
    Adam Rippon and Yuzuru Hanyu
    nice to see two kids listed here , especially Hanyu. Right from the start of his fabolous R+J program, he hits many choreographic positions that stick in one's memory all the way through, but without losing speed and oomph. that's the secret of a great program versus a good program, perhaps. frankly, he makes look the first triple axel as aesthetically appealing as some kind of work of art
    (i can't say the same on Chan's style.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by geod2 View Post
    Though he lacks the jumps and program difficulty to compete at the level of most others listed in this thread,
    Jonathan Cassar is quite elegant IMHO.
    I was going to mention him!

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    I've never really thought of Todd Eldridge as being elegent...
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    Quote Originally Posted by martyross View Post
    nice to see two kids listed here , especially Hanyu. Right from the start of his fabolous R+J program, he hits many choreographic positions that stick in one's memory all the way through, but without losing speed and oomph. that's the secret of a great program versus a good program, perhaps. frankly, he makes look the first triple axel as aesthetically appealing as some kind of work of art
    (i can't say the same on Chan's style.)
    Hanyu may be a kid, but he's a very elegant kid!

    Speaking of "kids", Jason Brown and Joshua Farris are two other very elegant kids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geod2 View Post
    Though he lacks the jumps and program difficulty to compete at the level of most others listed in this thread,
    Jonathan Cassar is quite elegant IMHO.
    Cassar has very nice lines and extension.

    David Liu who went on to compete internationally for Taiwan didn't have a lot of technical difficulty in his jumps for the time either, but I love his SLSS in this program --years before doing it on one foot became a feature .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c3ceRk1P0Y

    And I completely agree with Allen Schramm's mention earlier on, too. Very creative and trying different things -all while maintaining good positions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbUCqEbzFEs

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    Oh, I'd definitely include Chan. His precise movements, the beautiful flow of the elements, the gorgeous positions, the astonishing footwork. Very elegant.

    I'm not sure I'd include Sawyer, though I really like what he does.

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