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    Men
    John Curry
    Alexei Yagudin
    Stephan Lambiel
    Toller Cranston


    Ladies
    Denise Bielmann
    Yu-Na Kim
    Lu Chen
    Kristi Yamaguchi



    Pairs

    Shen-Zhao
    Gordeeva-Grinkov
    Protapopovs
    Mishkutionok-Dmitriev

    Dance
    Torvil-Dean
    Klimova-Ponomarenko
    Anissina-Peizerat
    Virtue-Moir
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    Men

    Paul Wylie
    Toller Cranston
    Matt Savoie
    Kurt Browning
    Ilia Kulik

    Women

    Dorothy Hamill
    Janet Lynn
    Michelle Kwan
    Sasha Cohen
    Liz Manley
    Caryn Kadavy
    Yuka Sato

    Pairs

    Gordeeva/Grinkov
    Babilonia/Gardner
    Berezhnaya/Sikh
    Underhill/Martini
    Shen/Zhao

    Dance

    Torvill/Dean
    Blumberg/Seibert
    Klimova/Pomarenko
    Bourne/Kratz
    Dubreil/Lauzon
    Virtue/Moir
    Belbin/Agosto
    Davis/White


    I never noticed dance except for a few outstanding pairs, but I have really warmed up to it in the last ten years...

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    Ladies:
    Michelle Kwan
    Kristi Yamaguchi
    Janet Lynn
    Yuka Sato

    Men:
    Kurt Browning
    Paul Wylie
    Robin Cousins
    Alexi Yagudin

    Dance:
    Torvill/Dean
    Virtue/Moir
    Shibutani/Shibutani
    Blumberg/Siebert

    Pairs:
    Shen/Zhao
    Gordeeva/Grinkov
    Sale/Pelletier
    Babilonia/Gardner

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    Ladies:
    Michelle Kwan
    Kristi Yamaguchi
    Chen Lu (as an amateur more than as a Pro)
    Yuka Sato
    Mirai Nagasu
    Caroline Zhang ( just hope she can make a comeback)
    Alyssa Czisny


    Men:
    Brian Boitano
    Scott Hamilton
    Paul Wylie
    Jeremy Abbott (just needs to learn how to compete.)
    Ilia Kulik - as a pro
    Alexei Yagudin

    Pairs:
    Gordeeva & Grinkov
    Shen & Zhao
    Bechke and Petrov


    Dance:
    Torvill & Dean
    Belbin & Agosto
    Lang and Tchernyshev (didn't realize how much I missed them until they started touring again.)
    Davis and White
    Punsalon and Swallow (more as pros - loved their Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
    Virtue and Moir

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    I like a lot of skaters!!!!

    Ladies:
    Mao Asada
    Yu-na Kim
    Irina Slutskaya
    Midori Ito
    Mirai Nagasu
    Alyssa Czisny

    Men:
    Evgeni Plushenko
    Alexei Yagudin
    Ilia Kulik
    Alexander Abt
    Kurt Browning
    Stephane Lambiel
    Daisuke Takahashi
    John Curry

    Pairs:
    Gordeeva & Grinkov
    Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze

    Dance:
    Grishuk & Platov
    Krylova & Ovsyannikov
    Anissina & Peizerat

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    You know what I realized about this great thread? Thanks to services such as YouTube, we can have favorite skaters from eras we weren't even around for. I bet that a lot of people who listed John Curry and Janet Lynn first watched them on YouTube. I missed out on Janet Lynn the first time around, for instance. The other thing is that though we might have seen some of these skaters during their time, we might have come to appreciate them later. I doubt I would have the respect I currently have for Midori without getting to rewatch her after listening to the insights offered by people in this forum.

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    To sate your curiosity

    the Tsar - Plushenko. He made me fall in love with skating in the first place!
    the Rival - it took me a while to warm to Yagudin [see: above] but once I got over my dumb initial bias, I grew to love his programs.

    Mongoose - Lysacek. I'm not entirely sure where this came from. Maybe I read a story once, in which Evan called Johnny "Swan" and Johnny shot back with "Mongoose"? Either way, it stuck!
    Remix - Takahashi. Ever since his hip-hop Swan...
    Hot Chocolate - Lambiel. This came from my [Swiss] Aunt. Swiss chocolate is the best there is... rich and smooth... and of course, the play on Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate. And Lambiel's looks.
    French Toast - Joubert. Unfortunately it was after one of his programs fell apart, and I commented, "oh, no, he's toast now =/" and somehow the name stuck even when he does very well and wins.

    Samurai - Oda. A recent nickname that came out of the 2010 Olympics...

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    Thank you. Very interesting.

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    Men:
    - Alexei Yagudin
    - Ilia Kulik
    - Kurt Browning
    - Viktor Petrenko
    - Stephane Lambiel
    Recent: Takahashi, Oda, Verner, Joubert, Weir, Rippon

    Ladies:
    - Lu Chen
    - Irina Slutskaya
    - Oksana Baiul
    - Shizuka Arakawa
    Recent: No one really ...

    Pairs:
    - Shen/Zhao
    - Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze
    - Mishkutenok/Dmitriev
    Recent: Volosozhar/Trankov

    Dance:
    Klimova/Ponomarenko
    Usova/Zhulin
    Duchesnay/Duchesnay
    Krylova/Ovsyannikov
    Recent: No one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    Welcome nixdh!!

    Mine are: Michelle Kwan (the Kween!!, all time favourite of mine), and then in no particular order - Sasha Cohen (hot!! I agree), Debi Thomas (great programs to Dead or Alive and Frankie Goes to Hollywood ), Katarina Witt (hot), Lu Chen (so introspective), Kurt Browning (the best entertainer!!), Brian Boitano (I don't know why but I like him and his programs, especially the 88SP), Maria Butyrskaya (drama on ice), Silvia Fontana (hoootttt!!), Kristi Yamaguchi (always enjoyed her programs), Tonya Harding (great jumps!), Torvill and Dean (magic)

    but many other skaters gave me many positive emotions!! And I'm grateful to them to have given to me that!!
    Ouch, I forgot to list Denise Biellmann, how could I!

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    I basically have no 'favorites', but I do favor those skaters who skate to the rules of Music. Since the SP and LP both use music, and most high tech skaters are ignoring music, I feel no emotional connection with them.

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    Ladies:
    Miki Ando
    Mao Asada
    Irina Slutskaya
    Katarina Witt
    Michelle Kwan
    Sasha Cohen
    Kin Yu-Na

    Men:
    Alexei Yagudin
    Alexei Urmanov
    Evegny Plushenko
    Brian Joubert
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Viktor Petrenko
    Elvis Stojko
    Kurt Browning
    Brian Boitano
    Rudy Galindo

    Pairs:
    Brasseur/Eisler
    Kavaguti/Smirnov
    Savchenko/Szolkowy
    Kazakova/Dmitriev
    Shen/Zhao
    Pang/Tong

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    Let's see .....

    MEN
    Adam Rippon
    Jeremy Abbott
    Ryan Bradley
    Brian Boitano
    Scott Hamilton ( Am I dating myself? )

    LADIES
    Katy Taylor
    Caroline Zhang
    Sasha Cohen
    Katarina Witt

    PAIRS
    John and Rena
    Tai and Randy

    DANCE
    Tanith and Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolymerBob View Post
    Scott Hamilton ( Am I dating myself? )
    I'm 26 and I listed him on my list. So I don't think it's a sign that one is old... just has good taste!
    Last edited by Tonichelle; 04-08-2011 at 11:23 PM.

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    Ladies: YuNa Kim,
    Men: Alexei Yagudin, Kurt Browning
    Pairs: G/G

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