It's your legacy, your impact on the sport, not whether you won this medal or that.
I don't want to offend anyone, but, do you think that something like the "Greatest, Best ... of all time" is actually an achievable rank? We never saw Witt compete against Yuna, we never saw both of them compete versus Henie and so on.
From my point of view, you just cant say who the best is or was, as not all were fighting with the same tools, not all in the same time and especially not against each other.
What you can say is who the most successful one was and if I am not mistaken it would be Sonja Henie.
That doesn't change the fact though, that everyone of us has his personal "best of all time", but this is more based on the impact that particular Skater had on us, than the actual "performance ranking" among all skaters.
LOL at this thread.....I can go on for days about why I freaking love Stephane Lambiel and why he's the one and only skating god but I don't. I don't force feed my uberdom to others, but why do others always do it to me?
Janet Lynn is indeed unique. Without ever winning anything except some national titles, she brought down the whole sport of figure skating, replacing it with a new thing altogether.It's really tough to have a counter example (apart from Janet Lynn)....In fact, Lynn's exception just may prove the rule.
But here's an objective and quantifiable test. The skater with the greatest number of hits on You Tube is the most popular of all time. That would be 9-year-old Starr Andrews with Whip My Hair (14,000,000 views). Runner-up, the ice dancer who fell out of her costume in the middle of a performance.
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Now I'm not so sure about evaluating Kim's legacy at this point and comparing them to Kwan's or Browning's. She's not done competitively yet, although she has undoubtedly inspired many young skaters (not just Koreans) and have influenced their decisions and choices.
[Google translated] Elena Radionova, won a landslide victory in his first senior competition - competition Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, said the agency "F-Sport", which seeks to ride as beautiful and confident as Olympic champion and world champion Korean Kim Yu-Na.
"As long as Axel in three and a half times I will not do - Radionova said, responding to a question about whether she's going to continue to complicate the program. - It is better to focus on the triple jump - and ride beautiful as Kim Yu-Na. She jumps triple so beautiful that her axel in three and a half turns is not necessary - it will benefit all of the components.'s what I want to jump like it. were to ease, a beautiful glide and beautiful jumps. If complicate the program, it is only moving the stages of the second half."
I suppose it is not fair -- after all, we are talking about skating, not character off the ice -- to mention how she conducts herself away from the sport, so I will stop here.