Since there's a ladies thread I had to make one!
I miss so many of these guys SO much, so many voidy French men over the years, I don't know if I can choose one, but I'll think I may have to go with Stanick, his "Le Petit Prince" in 2003 is one of my favourite programs of all time.
When it comes to medals and titles, of course Brian is in a different league, but I always cared more for the others who really made me feel something special.
Candeloro- where to start? His d'Artagnan is to die for, though CoP would bury him and his technique was wild and wonky. His way of getting into character was amazing. Loved his Lucky Luke and Godfather too.
Millot- so stylish, cherised his tango. Never got the marks he deserved.
Tobel - got to see his Pink Panther live at worlds 99. He was really one of a kind!
Dambier - he was stiff and awkward, but I loved him regardless. He skated with his heart and had spread eagles to die for. His La Boheme was wonderful.
Preaubert - loooove cute guys with funny teeth and big personalities! Who cares about messy, French technique when I can luuuurve me some crazy programs?
Ponsero - so sorry he never held it together when he had the chance to take the big titles away, he really had it all. Those jumps were huuuuge, and what a text book perfect quad!
Amodio - I don't manage to dislike him. I don't. Morozov or not. Crappy programs or not. I always cheer for him. Maybe I'm the only one on the whole FSU who cheer for him??? He moves like (almost) no one else (Dai is always king, always!). His basic is to die for. I will never give up hope for him.
Stanick Jeannette - a guy who makes a program with the theme of American modernist sculptor Alexander Calder is so unique that we can only cry he didn't stay longer. But we will always have Euros 2003!
That was my men! The others were fine, just didn't catch me. I started following skating in 1994, so before that, not so acknowledged... and btw...I'm counting Contesti as Italian