Yuna is the most dominant skater of her era, but not totally dominant except for the period from the 2009 4CC to the 2010 Olympics, when she went undefeated the whole stretch and set World records at nearly every competition. She may yet exceed that period, though, if she remains undefeated from NRW Trophy to the Sochi Olympics. So far she's won 3 competitions in a row since her comeback, scoring over 200 points each time.
Dominance under COP is difficult to compare vs. 6.0. Michelle Kwan in some way was more dominant, having won several more World titles, and yet having lost at the Olympics twice in a row, it's not "total" dominance for her either.
Mao got the most votes. yuna second. other women not listed above third.
Yuna kim and mao asada were favorite at that season, Mao Asada was a bit more favorite than yuna kim
Kimmie and Miki Ando were the second favorite
Kwan was also not affected by the new age restriction rules which kept Yu-Na (and Mao) out of a few Worlds that she (they) could have attended, IIRC.
What impresses me in Kim's career is that even one out of her all international wins & 11 times' WR settings was not achieved in her home country.
She has done it all without home boost/positive-effect on scores & performance. awesome.
If one says Kim has only really dominated from 2009 to now one could say Kwan only dominated the 95-96 season and early 2003. There is no other time one can say Kwan was dominant in anyway. Kwan spent most of 97-98 losing regularly to Tara and seeing Tara win most of the big titles, but managed to win a Worlds where Tara was absent, and win 1 of the combined Nationals/Grand Prix final/Olympics/Worlds Tara was in those 2 years. She barely competed in 99, only doing a bunch of silly pro ams competing vs mostly pro skaters who could only do a triple toe,winning Nationals over a 13 year old, then handily lost Worlds to Maria in her first and only real outing of the season. Then she regularly lost to Slutskaya from 2000-2002 although they split World and Olympic meetings 2-2. Nobody could say she dominated the 2000 or 2001 despite winning Worlds. She didnt even feel like the one to beat either year, and in addition to her defeats (many of them to Irina) had to come from behind or barely win the times she won. Atleast Kim dominated for more than one season in a row which Kwan never really did.
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Fair enough. I think it is impossible to dominante to the extent Witt did in this day and age though, which is why even the greatest skaters since like Kim and Kwan cant manage it. Witt skated in an era with alot of great skaters, but it was also a 3 portion era, with heavy protocal based judges, with less risky triples than can end in disaester than today.
Kim comes as close as anyone can realistically though. Kim is dominant in the sports 3 biggest events- Olympics (biggest), Worlds (second biggest), Grand Prix final (third biggest). Not as dominant as Kwan at Worlds, but still in her own era the dominant one there with by far the best overall record at the event. Kwan is only dominant in the 2nd biggest and doesnt even have the best record of her own era in the 1st and 3rd biggest events. Still in the modern era both are as close to dominant as you can probably get. Even Slutskaya and Asada to an extent. Dominant like Witt in this day and age will never happen again perhaps. Not in singles anyway.
ETA: I think the most dominant ladies figure skater was Carol Heiss (except, of course, Sonia Henie). She won five World Championships in a row (1956-60) and an Olympic gold medal (1960). From 1957 on, she never finished lower than first at any competition.
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