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  • Dick Button

    45 27.11%
  • Scott Hamilton

    17 10.24%
  • Toller Cranston

    6 3.61%
  • Brian Boitano

    79 47.59%
  • Alexie Yagudin

    50 30.12%
  • Robin Cousins

    3 1.81%
  • Todd Eldredge

    11 6.63%
  • Ilya Kulik

    9 5.42%
  • Elvis Stojko

    6 3.61%
  • Alexei Urmanov

    0 0%
  • Brian Orser

    3 1.81%
  • Ulrich Salchow

    2 1.20%
  • David Jenkins

    0 0%
  • Victor Petrenko

    0 0%
  • Josef Sabobchek

    1 0.60%
  • John Curry

    21 12.65%
  • Kurt Browning

    56 33.73%
  • Staphane Lambiel

    4 2.41%
  • Yevgeny Plushenko

    18 10.84%
  • Hayes Jenkins

    0 0%
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    Default Greatest male figure skater of all time?

    I'm wondering what you guys think. I've just had a youtube binge and I think I have confirmed my earlier belief that it is Brian Boitano.

    Kurt and Yags tied for a close second.

    I just don't think anyone comes as closest as Brian does to perfection in every single move, coupled with the amazing passion for the sport that we love so much in MK.

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    yagudin is the best of all time
    and plushenko as runner-up
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    What about Dick Button? He sort of revolutionized the entire sport when he did the first triple jump ever.
    Last edited by attyfan; December 26th, 2006 at 12:43 AM.

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    I just don't think anyone comes as closest as Brian does to perfection in every single move, coupled with the amazing passion for the sport that we love so much in MK.
    I can't agree with you more! You look ravishing tonite!
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    Lightbulb The Greatest Male Figure Skater Of All Time Thread and Poll

    Well... going on the Best Male Skater Ever, Let's poll people on who people think is the best Male Figure Skater ever.

    To Mods... is there a way to combine this thread with the other best male skater ever?
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    For the modern era: Dick Button, Brian Boitano, Toller Cranston, John Curry
    Each of these men impacted the sport to a great (revolutionary) degree, and their careers inspired not only their contemporaries, but generations of skaters who came after them, thus they advanced the sport.

    Then to a lesser degree: Scott Hamilton, Kurt Browning, Paul Wylie, and Robin Cousins.

    The Russians would be last on my list: Petrenko, Yagudin, Plushenko
    (Petrenko is more of a complete skater than Plushenko in terms of artistic ability. Yagudin is an excellent skater but was not consistently great over a long period of time. He was coming into his own in terms of reaching greatness, when injuries forced him to end his amateur career). All three definitely dominated and had an impact on their generation of skaters, as well as being the first outstanding male singles skaters to come from the Soviet Union (Ukraine/ Russia). Although he unfortunately has not been respected by some people, Alexei Urmanov, I would also include with his countrymen -- in fact, Urmanov was a more complete skater than Plushenko. Urmanov had better line, stretch and artistry combined with athleticism than Plushenko. What Plushenko has over everyone is sheer charisma, determination, drama and intensity on the ice -- he's very athletic, but not a great artist.

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    Any list that includes Josef Sabovchek, Todd Eldredge, Ilia Kulik, and Elvis Stojko, (not to mention Lambiel, who at this point does not belong on this list, IMO) is definitely remiss without mentioning Paul Wylie who IMO had skills that trumps each of these guys.
    Last edited by LuvMK; December 26th, 2006 at 03:42 AM.

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    Brian Boitano all the way. He does a spread eagle like no other.
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    It's a difficult decision to make, but I'm going to go with Boitano.

    He has great finish to all of his moves, has wonderful edges, and amazing consistency.

    Has anyone ever seen him screw up on his 'tano' lutz? lol

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    Has anyone ever seen him screw up on his 'tano' lutz? lol
    Yes! In Ice Wars this year he messed it up. What a shock. Even Scott Hamilton was shocked!
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    I'm surprised Brian Boitano is on this list or that he's so high in the voting. He was known as a technician with no artistic ability throughout his eligible career. It was only in 1988 that he added any sort of artistry to his programs and he still lost the artistic merit mark to Brian Orser in the Olympics. It wasn't until he became a professional skater that Boitano added the artistic element to his skating. Somewhat like Kristi Yamaguchi, Boitano was a much, much better professional skater than he was an amateur.

    Much is made of DB being the first to land a triple jump and revolutize the sport, but similarly Kurt Browning was the first skater to land the quad which also revolutionized the sport. John Cousins, who isn't even on the list, Toller Cranston and Robin Curry introduced the concept of artistry and innovation to men's figure skating and they're being overlooked in the voting. Those four would definitely top my voting.
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    I'm surprised Brian Boitano is on this list or that he's so high in the voting. He was known as a technician with no artistic ability throughout his eligible career. It was only in 1988 that he added any sort of artistry to his programs and he still lost the artistic merit mark to Brian Orser in the Olympics. It wasn't until he became a professional skater that Boitano added the artistic element to his skating. Somewhat like Kristi Yamaguchi, Boitano was a much, much better professional skater than he was an amateur.
    was is the key word there. He wasn't considered one of the best ever until he became one of the best ever. I think it is interesting that skaters used to get better as pros, but now it seems as though they become pro and say goodbye to their skills. I have always admired skaters like Boitano, Yamaguchi, and Sato for not abandoning all but the salchow and the toe loop.

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    I voted for Scott Hamilton. But my top five is Scott, Kurt Browning, Paul Wylie, Brian Boitano and Todd Eldredge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonlady View Post
    John Cousins, who isn't even on the list, Toller Cranston and Robin Curry introduced the concept of artistry and innovation to men's figure skating and they're being overlooked in the voting. Those four would definitely top my voting.
    I take it you meant Robin Cousins and John Curry.

    If I have to pick just one I'll go with John Curry, everything he did he did with such beauty that even his stroking mesmerized me. His skating was absolutely beautiful. My runners up would be Toller Cranston, Dick Button, and Kurt Browning.

    I love Plushenko and Yags but don't think they brought anything to skating other than a great rivalry that elevated the level of competition needed to win a major championship.

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    Umm, Where’s, Laurent Tobel??? *sigh* Fine, I’ll vote for, Boitano...I guess...even though he shouldn't even be on the list...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    Umm, Where’s, Laurent Tobel??? *sigh* Fine, I’ll vote for, Boitano...I guess...even though he shouldn't even be on the list...
    Why shouldnt Brian be? Though he wasn't my pick he is a great skater and one of the best around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvMK View Post
    For the modern era: Dick Button, Brian Boitano, Toller Cranston, John Curry
    Each of these men impacted the sport to a great (revolutionary) degree, and their careers inspired not only their contemporaries, but generations of skaters who came after them, thus they advanced the sport.

    Then to a lesser degree: Scott Hamilton, Kurt Browning, Paul Wylie, and Robin Cousins.

    The Russians would be last on my list: Petrenko, Yagudin, Plushenko
    (Petrenko is more of a complete skater than Plushenko in terms of artistic ability. Yagudin is an excellent skater but was not consistently great over a long period of time. He was coming into his own in terms of reaching greatness, when injuries forced him to end his amateur career)
    I'm not quite sure what you are saying about Alexei. Alexei is a four time world champion, and he has medaled in 6 world championships, every single worlds he entered, he medaled. IF you look at the record, you'll see that Alexei actually competed in more worlds than Brian. I'm sorry but anyone who wins 4 world championships have more than proven their ability to stay consistently great. Was Alexei injured, yes, but well that's what happens when your doing quads left and right. It takes a major toil on your body...And as for bringing something else to the forefront. Well, I think that Alexei encouraged other skaters to make footwork more exciting. Was his footwork always the hardest, not necessarily, but he showed that people can really get into something other than jumps...Then you add in the fact that Alexei and Plushenko pushed the sport techinically because they were so clean and so consistently doing the tough elements. And the other aspects of their skating were so phenomnal.

    We are all seeing right now what men's figure skating looks like with out Plushenko and Yagudin, and its not pretty. So both men really deserve to be up there.
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    Brian Boitano without a second thought. He is the male version of Michelle Kwan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonlady View Post
    I'm surprised Brian Boitano is on this list or that he's so high in the voting. He was known as a technician with no artistic ability throughout his eligible career. It was only in 1988 that he added any sort of artistry to his programs and he still lost the artistic merit mark to Brian Orser in the Olympics. It wasn't until he became a professional skater that Boitano added the artistic element to his skating. Somewhat like Kristi Yamaguchi, Boitano was a much, much better professional skater than he was an amateur.

    Much is made of DB being the first to land a triple jump and revolutize the sport, but similarly Kurt Browning was the first skater to land the quad which also revolutionized the sport. John Cousins, who isn't even on the list, Toller Cranston and Robin Curry introduced the concept of artistry and innovation to men's figure skating and they're being overlooked in the voting. Those four would definitely top my voting.

    No one said it was only amateur skating. And frankly I just watched Boitano's Olympic programs the other day, and they were great, and did have artistry, just not the flowy kind of artistry. Thats like people that say Elvis Stojko didn't have artistry. To me he was one of the more artistic skaters(when he was on). It just wasn't the kind of artistry that was flowy.

    And well said, CarolB
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    Brian Boitano and Todd Eldredge will always be the top male skaters to me. Brian's HUGE death drop always came at the right time in the music (similar to Kwan's spiral) and Todd just interpreted music better than anyone.

    Following them I'd say Kurt Browning, Scott Hamilton, Paul Wylie and Dick Button.

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    Fine, I’ll vote for, Boitano...I guess...even though he shouldn't even be on the list...
    Why does everyone keep saying that??

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    spread eagle, death drop, tano lutz, stretched camel spins, deep edging.....yeah brian should be on the list at all..................give me a break.
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    I think Brandon was joking....geez Brandon, get with the program! hahaha

    Um, I know he has mentioned Boitano before as being a good skater, so.......



    Or maybe I'm just completely wrong! lol

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    I voted for Kurt, Brian and Plushenko. My choice was for my personal preference. Kurt would be in first place for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scootie12 View Post
    I think Brandon was joking....geez Brandon, get with the program! hahaha

    Um, I know he has mentioned Boitano before as being a good skater, so.......



    Or maybe I'm just completely wrong! lol
    ah ok, if he was joking, then sorry. due to current events my humor has been lacking lately lol.
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