I love Jan too and he gets a lot of flack on my youtube channel from people who don't appreciate him. It was his misfortune to skate in an era that not only gave us Robin Cousins, but John Curry and Toller Cranston. Sure he wasn't graceful, but I've always maintained that Jan was the most complete skater of the late 70's across all three phases of the competition. Great figures, almost always reliable in the short and potentially 5 triples (lutz, loop, sal, toe, toe) in the long. People forget that had the factored placements system (brought in for the 1981 season to try and combat the blatant manipulation of total points in the 70's) been used in Lake Placid, it is Jan and not Robin who would have won.
Fratianne.......her skating just stagnated after 1977.
Do you have any opinion on Charlie Tickner? He seemed to be in the middle of Robin and Jan; Jan-Charlie-Robin in figures, but I always thought Charlie had stronger SS than Jan. If he hadn’t made that mistake in the SP at Lake Placid, would he have been in contention for the OGM??