Plushenko _ not the best, but wonderful, unique, dominant and a 3 time Oly medalist despite 4 knee surgeries. I'm glad he came back despite the smack talk. I love a good quad jump.
Yagudin _the best skater technically and artistically I have ever seen. Exciting, memorable and a shame he could not do much as a pro given his injuries. And so masculine!
Lambiel- see shine's post #45
Lysacek-consistent, a champion, so many good skates. I love a tall man!
Goebel-because he was the quad king and his artistry improved so very much.
Takahashi-costumes aside, I am amazed at his blazing footwork and think he's the best in the world currently. I do hate his costumes, tho!
Abbott- end of the decade but when on, he's the best overall skater and he's going to get even better.
Buttle-he should actually be after Stephane-oops! I am sorry he did not continue. Absolutely a joy to watch. The total package.
Weir-he's like no one else skating in this decade and I don't factor placements as to who I think is great. Great final Olympics.
Kwan- what can I say that's not been said.
Asada - she's a true phenom and has everything. Incredible athlete who can float across the ice.
Slutskaya-she grew from an awkward skater with speed, jumps and spins into an amazing champion. Like Kwan, she'd make a 90's top list as well.
Kim-I can't argue with her hardware, she's really good and deserved the Oly gold. Very nice programs! She's still learning, too.
Hughes -it ended early but she was so good at 16, I wish she had stayed in and trained hard.
Cohen-the most exquisite skater I have seen. She'd be higher if she did not fall so much. Still. She is the one they all imitate and no one has her technique. Perfect positions.
Arakawa-because she won gold and is really a truly elegant skater despite her OGM being not her best performance.
Miki Ando-beautiful, great jumps and a lovely skater who needs a new coach, look etc.
Joannie Rochette-sophistication, beautiful choreograhy, she moves me more than anyone on this list except for Kwan. If she had the consistency, I'd rank her higher. Well, its not really a ranking except for first three, anyway.
Shen/Zhao-truly an exciting pair who dominated the decade-it's all been said.
Sale/Pelletier as amateurs and as pros. I enjoy this couple very much
Elena/Anton-so elegant but Elena was sometimes not a very facially expressive skater. The nerves were apparent.
I really don't enjoy many of the other pairs as I seem to measure everyone to G and G. It's kinda too bad they were so good. I like more pairs from the past.
Wow, it is good again.
and I'd have to really think which Russians/Europeans I enjoyed.
Navka/Kostamarov were lovely but I'm not a fan of what happened in ice dance after Torvill/Dean's influence was lost from the sport.
I could not really discern who the really good ice dancers were as I was so put off by weird lifts, ugly costumes, and more that I did not take it very seriously.
I leave it to the ice dance faithful to talk about who was good and why.