.Personally I felt that many skaters have had beautiful edges and movements that matched the music perfectly. In fact, many skaters are great at musical interpretation when they don't have to do triple jumps
Certainly many skaters have had great basics and the best of them combine that with a unique personal style. When that happens, we get to watch something that can't be duplicated or surpassed. Curry, Cranston, and the Protopopovs would be other good examples. Janet made her skating her own. Really, how can anyone out "Lynn" Lynn?
Janet did do a few triples in competition, but it's a bit unfair to judge her technically outside her competitive era.
.[ I have seen a lot of Janet's programs (albeit very grainy video) and I just don't think she's worth the hype that she gets. Michelle has long surpassed Janet Lynne and I would bet that if Janet Lynn had to do a bunch of triple jumps, her programs would start to resemble Michelle's.
You may not have liked Lynn's style and that's your right. Michelle has developed a style of her own and it's hers and not a thing to be surpassed. However Michelle has been cutting corners for several years now. She's too good to be doing that. It's both frustrating and sad.
I enjoyed Dorothy's skating in 1976. I watched her long program again over 25 years later. She had the beautiful carriage and the smooth flowing movements that I had remembered. However, I was a bit shocked that she had won with that empty program. Crossovers were the whole basis to the program. If it weren't for a couple of walleys, split jumps, her camel and scratch the last section of her program would have been pretty empty. I had to do a major memory readjustment when I saw that again.Dorothy Hamill's Olympic program held up great over time and was far better than anything that I've seen Janet skate.