Had to go with Urmanov... Next would be buttle then lysacek....... They just seem the weakest to me
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I voted Urmanov since he is so forgettable.. Todd at least had great spins..
Voted for Stojko. He's just a good jumper. I can't sit through his whole program.
Lysacek. Weakest 3A ever, no sense of rhythm, style, musicality. Most overrated skater ever (and that includes Chan). He checked a bunch of CoP boxes while having seizures on the ice that some of the judges mistook for presentation.
Oh wow, some equally nutty person just voted for Yags...
I have to admit an era with Candeloro as a multiple medalist is an era I'll frown upon.
But the top skaters of the era?
94-98 OG: Stoijko dominates. Kulik gets a medal at Worlds but is unmemorable until the Olympic season, where he is undeniably the best. Four solo world medalists (Kulik, Yagudin, Galindo, Zagorodniuk) suggests that the pack behind the top was either phenomenally strong or unusually weak, depending on your preference (see current day ice dance for a corollary). Earlier this thread, Marco said: "Even 3 years after his Olympic win, he was still seen by the judges as the best when all the top skaters skated clean (1997 Worlds short program). He had interesting choreography and textbook jumps.". When the skater the judges deem the best cannot win a worlds medal in that time frame, you've gotta wonder about the strength of the era.
98-2002 OG: Huge improvement. Firstly, only ONE solo medalist - the dominant guys (Yagudin and Plushenko first, Weiss and Eldredge next) are quite dominant - very few fluke medalilsts here (Stoijko, it could be argued, fluked into his medal in 2000. The rivalry between Yagudin and Plushenko outclasses the previous field, imo.
2003-06 OG: Retirement of Yags means that Plushenko stands alone at the top of the hill. Like Stoijko, he has three world titles (though only two in this era). Unlike Stoijko, there's no denying that if everyone skates clean, he wins. But we also had the rise of Joubert and Lambiel as genuine competitors. But FIVE solo medalists (four of them going onto win world titles, though - Lambiel, Joubert, Buttle and Lysacek) suggests a melange era. Admittedly, a Plushenko-less worlds was a genuine disappointment, though.
2006-2010 OG: I'll agree that this era rivals 94-98 re: paucity of strength. But I happen to like the skaters more. That Joubert (inconsistent, injury plagued, with dumbed down programs) is able to dominate a season (undefeated in the 06/07 season); that Buttle (a terrific interpreter, but also inconsistent, also hindered by injury, with lesser jump arsenal) can destroy the field at worlds (recall - he's the only skater from this Worlds era that won both programs - Lambiel, Joubert, Lysacek - each lost either the short or the long). That Lysacek can win worlds and Olympics... well, I'll leave that up to others to discuss. That Takahashi can set a world record in one competition and then miss the podium in the next; that Lambiel - top flight skater - can basically lose the triple axel. Again, lots of solo medalists
On the other hand, there are more skaters, more programs, from this era of figure skating that I'll treasure and revisit.
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No way Urmanov is going before Evan! Seriously?
With that in mind, I have decided that I will post additional links to Stojko programs until he is voted out.
Here is just a taste to get things started:
1994 Olympics SP
1994 Olympics FS
C'mon folks, this is serious!
Try this one.
This is my favorite Elvis performance because of the delayed start of the required standing ovation from the audience.
Audience: "Well that was god awful.... oh wait, it's Elvis! Standing ovation!"
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