View Poll Results: Which THREE male skaters do the best triple axel?

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  • Evgeni Plushenko

    55 22.63%
  • Alexei Yagudin

    80 32.92%
  • Ilia Kulik

    138 56.79%
  • Alexei Urmanov

    25 10.29%
  • Viktor Petrenko

    57 23.46%
  • Brian Boitano

    31 12.76%
  • Brian Orser

    34 13.99%
  • Todd Eldredge

    28 11.52%
  • Johnny Weir

    42 17.28%
  • Brian Joubert

    13 5.35%
  • Kurt Browning

    21 8.64%
  • Other

    49 20.16%
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    Best Triple Axel by a male skater (Pick 3)

    Which THREE singles male skaters do the best triple axel?

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    Weir's axel always looked odd to me. The way he lifts his head makes it look like it's very hard work. Yags axel like his other jumps, while big, wasn't the most graceful looking and he tended to land very hard. Voted for Petrenko and Kulik.
    And Matt Savoie for all those incredible entries that no one else is capable of!

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    Kulik and Lindemann (and now Gachinski) also executed 3A out of spread eagle and their 3A-s were much, much better than Savoie's who had difficult entries but very ugly jumps.

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    I always thought Viacheslav Zagorodniuk had one of the biggest 3axels. His height and ice coverage were amazing.

    Here is a good one at the 40 second mark of the clip

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WaddfT_JcQ
    Last edited by Aussie Willy; 05-11-2012 at 10:50 AM.
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    Plushenko, Kulik and Yagudin.

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    Jeremy Abbot!!!!!

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    Takahashi's!!!!

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    Ryan Bradley had a great triple axel too IMO.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UU...tailpage#t=70s

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    If this poll was not limited to men, I would have placed Midori Ito on it.

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    i'm SOOOOOOOOOO shocked not to see Stephane Lambiel and Adam Rippon on this list! (Considering the rest of their skating, the heck with the 3A!)

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    yuzuru hanyu with his 3A-3A sequence

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    I find Kozuka's 3 A smooth as butter
    Kulik's was amazing and yeah...Midori should me in the list (of best 3axel)

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    The best is, IMO, Kulik's
    I loved Kurt Bowning's : http://youtu.be/2SxtqOEi6og?t=17s
    And Alexei Urmanov's : http://youtu.be/aBBvnxPtwh0?t=1m9s (I'm not fond of the 3Toe at the end, but I like his 3Axels in general)

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    Brezina, Hanyu, and Song

    Then from juniors, Han Yan, Joshua Farris, and Keiji Tanaka all have very nice, strong 3a jumps, better than most of the seniors now that I think about it.

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    He may not have had much else going for him all the time, but Griazev always had a fantastic 3A
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    Quote Originally Posted by theshrew View Post
    Kulik and Lindemann (and now Gachinski) also executed 3A out of spread eagle and their 3A-s were much, much better than Savoie's who had difficult entries but very ugly jumps.
    How was Savoie's 3axel ugly? It flew.
    Back to back spread eagle entry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w872zjNfzY#t=2m50s
    Hydroblad entry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-zsYqfw-pg#t=2m55s
    Another entry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFBL9Z-SZIc#t=3m05s

    Lindemann and Gachinski's axels are not better than Savoie's. Gachinski's spread eagle entry does not come close in quality or sureness IMO. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0ywEbhH8_Y#t=1m44s
    Besdies, they've got height but not a lot of distance. Matt's is a lot more textbook IMO.
    Last edited by shine; 05-11-2012 at 08:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky166 View Post
    Brezina, Hanyu, and Song
    Hanyu almost always lands his 3a on a slight inside edge or flat and flips over very quickly. For me, it breaks the flow just enough that I don't consider it a great jump. Still a very good jump, though.

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    1. Petrenko
    2. Urmanov
    3. Kulik

    Petrenko's at their best were just breath taking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoopysnake View Post
    i'm SOOOOOOOOOO shocked not to see Stephane Lambiel and Adam Rippon on this list! (Considering the rest of their skating, the heck with the 3A!)
    Are you kidding? Lambiel always struggled with the 3A. He even took it out of his SP because he often fell on it.

    Adam's 3A- I don't see anything extraordinary in it.

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