Last edited by lauravvv; 07-15-2013 at 09:42 PM.
I voted Other (Rudy Galindo). He always entertains me.
Question for Boitano fans. Do you just like his style, or do you see variety in his programs? I swear he's skated the exact same program since turning professional. Kurt's programs are so varied, but Boitano to me just seems to do the exact same thing over and over and over.............
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My pick is Stéphane. Kurt is a genius but so is Stéphane. And Stéphane is more exciting for me lol. I like how he keeps creating those masterpiece show programs (maybe not every single one but lots of them). I like how he challenges himself outside his comfort zone which is balletic lyrical skating to a beautiful classical music piece or to a heartbreaking popsong. He is trying mini drama scene (Don't stop the music), rock (Paint it black), musical with stage moves (A Chorus Line). I like how he challenges himself with those quads again and again. And he's so damn handsome - not a bad thing either for a pro skater.
The complexity/variety/excitement of the footwowk and transitions in Browning's programs is unmatched in my book. After watching Kurt skate, I feel that the skating of most of the other pro men on the list is just...basic. Watch Ain't No Sunshine or Triptico if you don't believe me. lol I don't care that he lost his hair.
Hands down, Kurt M-Fing Browning! No one like him, no one better!
I'd put Lambiel as 2nd and Buttle as 3rd. Both are good but no one is better than Kurt.
So, I would agree that the footwork of most of the men on the list can seem basic compared to Kurt's. But, no matter how important that is in figure skating, there are also other means of expression in it at which some of those skaters excel. I would single out Lambiel and Buttle for their incredible musicality and grace, and for other things as well, but probably also Cranston and Wylie for that special something that they had. Plus, of course Curry (definitely the most balletic male skater ever, and one of if not the most elegant), and Robin Cousins, both of whom are not mentioned in this poll.
Last edited by lauravvv; 07-16-2013 at 12:05 AM.
My picks are Kurt of course, though I'm not a great fan of his trying to be funny numbers (except Ragodin where he really was funny, and the straw man from Wizard of Oz)), Buttle for his extraordinary musicality and expressiveness, and Lambiel for the same, though I've seen some fabulous programs from Petrenko over the years. His "Birth of the Blues" is one of the best show performances I've seen.
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I am not even remotely a fan of Boitano's skating and agree 100% that his programs are almost all the same and completely boring, but I would still consider it reasonable to vote for him in a poll like this simply because of the way he upped the ante with respect to technical content as a pro. I may not have any interest in watching his skating (his programs almost always get skipped if I watch an old pro competition) but I do respect the dedication he had to maintaining his technical content. He really forced all of the other men to step up their game.
I ended up voting for Browning only because it was too hard to pick the next two I do agree with allilou about Kurt's "attempting to be funny programs"...even though I did enjoy Ragidon, I wish it hadn't been such a success because I think it gave Kurt too much encouragement to keep going in that direction and those programs got old fast. Luckily he had so many other amazing programs that it makes him pretty much unbeatable. The work he did as director and choreographer for last year's SOI show was also incredible. But what I was most amazed at was when watching him do "Feelin' Good" live at SOI last year, I had goosebumps...and in a show where he was 18 years older than the next oldest skater and included some of my favorite skaters (Rochette, Buttle, Virtue/Moir), I still walked away saying that Kurt's performance was the highlight. That says a lot right there.
I‘d pick 3 skaters who left best artistic impacts on me.
Curry, Lambiel, Cousins
Last edited by shine; 07-17-2013 at 02:54 PM.
So, I would agree that the footwork of most of the men on the list can seem basic compared to Kurt's. But, no matter how important that is in figure skating, there are also other means of expression in it at which some of those skaters excel.Kurt puts a lot of emphasis on the footwork and he's an absolute master, but I don't feel that the best programs from the current top pros (IMO) like Lambiel and Buttle are anything less or anything trivial.
The way I see my post about Kurt, I didn't imply any criticism of or disdain for any form of expression in figure skating, I just wanted to point out why Browning's pro skating is so special to me. However, I have this disquieting feeling that I ruffled some feathers here.
I love so many of them - Kurt, Rudy, Scott, Todd, etc., but I voted for Viktor Petrenko.
I always loved this program in particular:
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I find it pretty amusing that Alexei Yagudin has 13 votes (3 more votes than Ilia Kulik). Hasn't he literally been skating the same program since like 2004?
Your phrase "if you don't believe me" also struck me as quite strange, since no one had expressed any doubt about Kurt's genius footwork, and he has by far the most votes in this poll.
Anyway, what does "ruffled some feathers" mean? Hopefully not some kind of an insinuation? To be clear, yes, Stephane is my favorite skater. From the current skaters (meaning, those who are still skating regularly), Kurt is definitely my second favorite, but I haven't decided whether I prefer John Curry and Robin Cousins over him if we are talking about male skaters of all times. Jeffrey is my forth favorite current skater (Daisuke being the third).
Last edited by lauravvv; 07-18-2013 at 12:16 AM.
In his career he has achieved more than just putting on solo performances: now he acts in musical and dramatic ice shows and is getting more and more success in these.