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    The MEN (also worth getting excited about).

    I was inspired by the women's post, so let's look back at the men!

    1976 — Terry Kubicka
    1977 — Charles Tickner
    1978 — Charles Tickner (W)
    1979 — Charles Tickner
    1980 — Charles Tickner (OM) (WCM)
    1981 — Scott Hamilton (W)
    1982 — Scott Hamilton (W)
    1983 — Scott Hamilton [B](W)/B]
    1984 — Scott Hamilton (O) (W)
    1985 — Brian Boitano (WCM)
    1986 — Brian Boitano (W)
    1987 — Brian Boitano (WCM)
    1988 — Brian Boitano (O) (W)
    1989 — Christopher Bowman (WCM)
    1990 — Todd Eldredge
    1991 — Todd Eldredge (WCM)
    1992 — Christopher Bowman
    1993 — Scott Davis
    1994 — Scott Davis
    1995 — Todd Eldredge (WCM)
    1996 — Rudy Galindo (WCM)
    1997 — Todd Eldredge (WCM)
    1998 — Todd Eldredge (WCM)
    1999 — Michael Weiss (WCM)
    2000 — Michael Weiss (WCM)
    2001 — Timothy Goebel
    2002 — Todd Eldredge
    2003 — Michael Weiss
    2004 — Johnny Weir
    2005 — Johnny Weir
    2006 — Johnny Weir
    2007 — Evan Lysacek (4CC)
    2008 — Evan Lysacek (4CCM)
    2009 — Jeremy Abbott
    2010 — Jeremy Abbott

    All these are U.S. Nationals performances. I've also added a bold (O) or (W) or (FC) if they went on to win Worlds, the Olympics or the Worlds. I also added an (OM) or (WM) or (FCM) if they medaled.

    Speaking of which, a U.S. Champion hasn't moved on to win Worlds or the Olympics since 1998 when Brian Boitano won the triple crown. Evan Lysacek did win 4CC in 2007 after winning Nationals.

    Also should note U.S. medalists (1st -4th) that went on to went to win or medal in the Olympics, Worlds or 4CC.

    1990 — Christopher Bowman (2nd) (WM)
    1981 — David Santee (2nd) (WM)
    1992 — Paul Wylie (3rd) (OM)
    1996 — Todd Eldredge (2nd) (W)
    2001 — Todd Eldredge (2nd) (WM)
    2001 — Michael Weiss (4th) (4CCM)
    2002 — Timothy Goebel (2nd) (OM) (WM)
    2003 — TImothy Goebel (2nd) (WM)
    2005 — Evan Lysacek (3rd) (4CC) (WM)
    2006 — Evan Lysacek (2nd) (WM)
    2006 — Matthew Savioe (3rd) (4CCM)
    2008 — Johnny Weir (2nd) (WM)
    2009 — Evan Lysacek (3rd) (W)
    2010 — Evan Lysacek (2nd) (O)

    Evan Lysacek went on to win 2009 Worlds and 2010 Olympics despite placing 3rd and 2nd respectively at the Nationals and several others medaled after winning U.S. Titles. Things that make you go hmmm...

    For some reason there seem a vacuum of videos from the late 1990s and early 2000s. If you find those links, let me know, I'll add it. I'll also add more from before 1975 as I find them. Figured this was plenty!

    Some great skating here!

    ETA to note champions who won medals in the Worlds or the Olympics and linked those programs when available. I also noted U.S. medal winners who also medaled at the Worlds, Olympics or 4CC. Haven't linked those programs. Might do that later!
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    huh where's Dick Button? Here's his 2010 Caesars Tribute.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJFQzqY9nkA

    (edit: oops nvm saw your note about 1975)
    Hopefully Jeremy Abbott can break your drought about US Champion not winning Worlds.
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    Love how Todd's first title was in 1990 and last was in 2002! Pretty darn impressive.

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    Yeah, Todd really had an up and down career, but a long one!

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    Oh yeah, it's also funny that Paul Wylie never was the US Champion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    Oh yeah, it's also funny that Paul Wylie never was the US Champion.
    And Sarah Hughes was never a U.S. Champion either, was she? It's funny the way things work out. Sometimes Destiny (or Divine Providence) spreads things around.

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    Is Sarah the only American singles skater to win Olympic gold but never the U.S. championship?

    [HTML]Hopefully Jeremy Abbott can break your drought about US Champion not winning Worlds.[/HTML]

    Oh wow, that list does show a long drought ... never realized. Still, it's a bit misleading because several of our champions did win worlds, just not the same year... Todd, Evan..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Layfan View Post
    Is Sarah the only American singles skater to win Olympic gold but never the U.S. championship?
    I think so. Random side note: Oksana Baiul was the last lady to win her national championship on route to an OGM. Lipinski and Hughes lost to Kwan, Arakawa was third to Suguri and Asada, and Kim didn't compete in her nationals.

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    ^ Weird!

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    Just because it's so exciting, here's Wylie's Olympic Long Program from Albertville, even though he's not on the list of U.S. champions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nLhA...eature=related

    This is one time when Scott Hamilton's excited, admittedly partisan commentary is absolutely right for the occasion. It matches the jubilation of the music, of Wylie's skating, and of the audience. And watch Wylie. He doesn't complete any true combinations (he steps between the first and second jump each time), but look at the tight, straight jumps he does. Look at his beautiful spins, including the immaculate sit spin; also the rapid footwork, the way his movements create a narrative, and that dazzling smile as he defeats his demons. A skate for the ages.

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    Thanks, Mrs. P.

    But Lysechek won both world and Olympic, right?
    Anyway, I am rooting for Jeremy wholeheartedly this season.

    He is the only US man's skater now who can deliver the performance which gives me goose bumps.
    Ganbare Jeremy!! Go for it.

    Wish he can get 80's in PCS that he really deserves, IMO

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    Hey all. Responding to your posts, I also noted U.S. medalists that went on to medal at 4CC, Olympics or Worlds. When you add that in, the men's picture doesn't look so bleak!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Just because it's so exciting, here's Wylie's Olympic Long Program from Albertville, even though he's not on the list of U.S. champions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nLhA...eature=related

    This is one time when Scott Hamilton's excited, admittedly partisan commentary is absolutely right for the occasion. It matches the jubilation of the music, of Wylie's skating, and of the audience. And watch Wylie. He doesn't complete any true combinations (he steps between the first and second jump each time), but look at the tight, straight jumps he does. Look at his beautiful spins, including the immaculate sit spin; also the rapid footwork, the way his movements create a narrative, and that dazzling smile as he defeats his demons. A skate for the ages.
    I just love this video and I agree that Scott's excitement is totally infectious, even if he is over the top, predicting Paul Wylie would win ... but I like how he reminds the audience that Paul Wylie "does nothing badly." It's definitely one of the most memorable Olympic skates ever. Paul Wylie had such a unique style. I really admire that - when a skater develops style. Not easy.

    Do I dare hope for a Paul Wylie moment for a certain other U.S. man this season

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    Layfan, I always hope for Paul Wylie moments for skaters. (Not just for the men! Alissa should have one at Worlds, too.)

    For years I felt that Wylie should have won the Olympics on the strength of this program. I confess it was partly national partisanship, partly sheer love of Wylie's style, and partly a coolness for Petrenko's "Don Quixote" program, which he was using for something like the third season. I've changed my mind after spending time here on GoldenSkate. You guys have made me pay more attention to details. While my heart still soars when watching Wylie, I see that he did have some mistakes, notably the lack of combination jumps. Meanwhile, Petrenko had a beautiful, meticulous program, with textbook jumps. So I feel that Petrenko rightly got the gold, but that Wylie more than deserved his stunningly achieved silver. As he said at the time when asked about the gold, "How much of a Cinderella story do you guys need?" I'm certainly happy--nay, thrilled--with the one he gave us. Whenever I need a boost, his splendid "Henry V" program is one of the things I come and watch.

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    Oh, Wylie definitely deserved the Gold. That performance deserved 5.9 across the board on the second mark. Viktor's performance fell apart and was 5.7 quality at best. He didn't have enough tech content to compensate and was given more credit than deserved for that 3Axel-3Toe which wasn't even totally clean.

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