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    Who are your all-time favorite skaters?

    Sorry if this is a repeat of an old thread.

    Who are your favorite skaters of all-time? It doesn't have to be who you think is the best skater, but who are your favorites?

    My favorites are.

    Michelle Kwan
    Tara Lipinski
    Grishuk & Platov

    I also like
    Torvill & Dean
    Brian Boitano
    Kurt Browning
    Oksana Baiul (from 94 to 96)
    Sasha Cohen
    Viktor Petrenko
    Kristi Yamaguchi
    Tatiana Navka
    Gordeeva & Grinkov
    Johnny Weir
    Alexei Yagudin
    Evgeny Plushenko

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    Michal Brezina. He is so sexually attractive and has nice edges and huge jumps.

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    Brian Boitano, Kwan, Shen & Zhao, Torvill & Dean

    Men's is my favorite discipline. After Brian Boitano, my second favorite skater is Paul Wylie. In men's my other favorites are Robin Cousins, Scott Hamilton, Viktor Petrenko, Evgeni Plushenko, Ryan Jahnke, Stephane Lambiel, Evan Lysacek, Johnny Weir, Tomas Verner, and Daisuke Takahashi.

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    Plushenko!!

    Honorable Mentions:

    Brian Joubert
    Tara Lipinski
    Irina Slutskaya
    Sasha Cohen
    Emily Samuelson
    Ryan Bradley
    Jason Brown
    Nubka - Unpaid Slave Laborer...

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    Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze, Dmitriev & partners, Savchenko & Szolkowy, Grishuk & Platov, Virtue & Moir, Denkova & Staviyski, Anissina & Peizerat, Klimova & Ponomarenko, Alexei Yagudin, Viktor Petrenko, Alexander Abt, Evgeny Plushenko, Phillipe Candeloro, Surya Bonaly, Katarina Witt, Oksana Bauil, Sasha Cohen

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    Off the top of my head:
    *Maria Butyrskaya, Midori Ito, Tonya Harding, Nicole Bobek, Oksana Baiul, Caryn Kadavy, Yuna Kim, Sasha Cohen, Yuka Sato, Chen Lu, Rory Flack, Karen Kwan.
    *Jeffrey Buttle, Stephane Lambiel, Daisuke Takahashi, Kurt Browning, Petr Barna, Paul Wylie, Takahiko Kozuka, Brian Joubert, Christopher Bowman, Rohene Ward's 2002 Vienna Cup exhibition.
    *Duchesnay & Duchesnay, Klimova/Ponomarenko, Usova/Zhulin, Torvill/Dean, Virtue/Moir, some of Punsalan/Swallow and Roca/Sur.
    *Woetzel/Steuer, Mishkutenok/Dmitriev, Savchenko/Szolkowy, Berezhnaya/Siharulidze (specifically, I think their 2002 Olympics SP is divine), Shen/Zhao.

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    Savchenko & Szolkowy, Daisuke Takahashi, Sasha Cohen...

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    Too much Part of my favorite skaters:

    Klimova/Ponomarenko
    Bourne-Kraatz
    Silvershtein-Pekareck
    Virtue-Moir
    Drobysko-Vanagas
    Samuelson-Bates
    Valova-Vasiliev
    Gordeeva-Grinkov
    Kazakova-Dmitriev
    Woetzel/Steuer
    Sale-Pelettier
    Shen-Gao
    Savchenko & Szolkowy
    Volosozhar-Trankov
    Brain Orser
    Kurt Browning
    Viktor Petrenko
    Phillipe Candeloro
    Alexei Yagudin
    Evgenii Plushenko (when he competed with Yagudin it was cool)
    Stephane Lambiel
    Jeffrey Buttle
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Yzuru Hanyu
    Patrick Chan
    Kataina Witt
    Oksana Bauil
    Arakawa
    Yu-Na Kim
    Mao Asada
    Carolina Kostner
    Ashley Wagner

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    Gordeeva/Grinkov
    Grishuk/Platov
    Anissina/Pezerait
    Denkova/Staviski

    All these teams I was besotted with .Davis/White could be on their way on to the list soon

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    Yuna Kim , Stephane Lambiel , Brian Joubert , Patrick Chan

    G & P , T & D, V & M, K & P, K & O, B & K

    Savchenko & Szolkowy
    Shen & Zhao

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    Men
    John Curry
    Robin Cousins
    Philippe Candeloro
    Ilia Kulik
    Evan Lysacek

    Ladies
    Dorothy Hamill
    Peggy Fleming
    Katarina Witt
    Oksana Baiul
    Shizuka Arakawa
    Sasha Cohen
    Susanna Pöykiö

    Pairs
    Kilius & Baumler
    Rodnina & Ulanov/Zaitshev
    Gordeeva & Grinkov
    Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
    Shen & Zhao

    Dance
    Torvill & Dean
    Moiseeva & Minenkov
    Anissina & Peizerat
    Denkova & Staviyski

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    Men: John Curry, Robin Cousins, Kurt Browning, Stephane Lambiel......(quite a big gap)......Daisuke Takahashi, Jeffrey Buttle, Jeremy Abbott
    No, not Alexei Yagudin, although I like and respect him, and was really impressed by at least several of his competition performances and exhibitions, Plushenko - close to that, but even less than Yagudin.

    Women: Chen Lu, Michelle Kwan......(big gap)......Yuna Kim, Shizuka Arakawa (as a professional skater)......(another gap)......Carolina Kostner, Miki Ando (mostly in exhibitions), Sarah Meier, Mao Asada
    Haven't seen enough programs from Witt to really tell if I like her skating.

    Ice Dancers: Torvill/Dean, Klimova/Ponomarenko, Usova/Zhulin, Anissina/Peizerat, Krylova/Ovsyannikov, Drobiazko/Vanagas (more as professional skaters)......(big gap)......Denkova/Staviski, Virtue/Moir, Pechalat/Bourzat, Davis/White

    Pairs Skaters: Gordeeva/Grinkov......(big gap)......Savchenko/Szolkowy, Shen/Zhao, Sale/Pelletier (yes, yes - as professional skaters )
    I would very probably like Mishkutenok/Dmitriev, if I'd seen more than one program from them . But Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze don't move quite as much as they should.

    There are some others whom I haven't seen enough to tell if and how much I like them, but who very probably could be among my favourites if I had seen more of their programs/performances. Yes, my 'Must Watch' list is still so long...

    Who of them is my most favourite skater? Well, he is ceratainly not the greatest of them all, probably even artistically (at least not yet), although he is great. But he is from my time, still skating, and artistically at (or near) his peak. In other words, he is real, not a dream from the past in small bad quality videos (maybe that's an exaggeration, but not far from how I often feel). And I simply can't help it. For me, Stephane Lambiel is a combination of personality, attitide (towards skating, towards music and other things), passion, feel for music, sensitiveness, grace, elegance, sophistication, emotionality, intensity, temperament, charm, performing abilities, abilities of a dancer, good taste (well, mostly ), good choreography, diversity/ability to perform in different styles, and beauty + tecnique good enough to allow him to show all of that, perfectionism, capability for hard work, a constant wish to grow, curiosity and thirst for challenges. Added to that, as a personality he is just so classy. Yes, I love him even more now as a professional skater and in exhibitions even more than in competition. Technically he might be past his peak, but he didn't have some of the qualities that he has now, or didn't have them to such an extent when he was at his technical peak. Some of the qualities that I mentioned came (or grew) with time - like elegance, sophistication, diversity.
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    Paul Wylie.
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    Among all disciplines, Gordeeva/Grinkov hands down.

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    Let's see...

    Sasha Cohen, Gordeeva and Grinkov, Torvill and Dean, the Kerrs, Kurt Browning, Jeremy Abbott, Joannie Rochette... I'm sure I could keep going.

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    Men:
    Alexei Yagudin
    Kurt Browning
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Stephane Lambiel
    Takahiko Kozuka


    Ladies:
    Michelle Kwan
    Sasha Cohen
    Mao Asada
    Yuna Kim
    Carolina Kostner
    Akiko Suzuki

    Dance:
    Grishuk and Platov
    Torvill and Dean
    Davis and White

    Pairs:
    Gordeeva and Grinkov
    Shen and Zhao
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    Pairs:
    Shen/Zhao, Mishkotionok/Dmitriev, Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze
    Dance:
    Usova/Zhulin, Klimova/Ponomarenko, Duchesnay/Duchesnay, Krylova/Ovsyannikov, Anissina/Peizerat
    Ladies:
    Lu Chen, Irina Slutskaya, Oksana Baiul, Shizuka Arakawa
    Men:
    Alexei Yagudin, Ilia Kulik, Viktor Petrenko, Kurt Browning, Johnny Weir, Stephane Lambiel,
    Brian Joubert, Daisuke Takahashi, Nobunari Oda, Takeshi Honda

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    Men: Kurt Browning, Shawn Sawyer, Elvis Stojko, Michael Weiss, Todd Eldredge, Evan Lysacek, Daisuke Takahashi, Brian Joubert, Stephane Lambiel

    Ladies: Elizabeth Manley, Nicole Bobek, Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski, Maria Butyrskaya, Irina Slutskaya, Laura Lepisto, Mao Asada, Ashley Wagner, Sasha Cohen, Akiko Suzuki

    Pairs: Brasseur/Eisler, Mishkutenok/Dmitriev, Sale/Pelletier, Petrova/Tikhonov, Pang/Tong, Shen/Zhao, Savchenko/Szolkowy, Volosozhar/Trankov

    Dance: Bourne/Kraatz, Belbin/Agosto, Navarro/Bommentre, Krylova/Ovsiannikov, Pechalat/Bourzat, Denkova/Staviyski, Grishuk/Platov, Duschesnay/Duschesnay, Anissina/Peizerat, Punsalan/Swallow

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    Chris Dean is my favorite of all skaters. His posture *alone*... to die for.

    I really like Daisuke Takahashi. The man can really dance. He actually studies and understands each style he interprets.
    Use Yah Blinkah!

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    Kurt Browning

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