Best Triple Axel (Men) by Olympic Cycle
Since the '80s, the triple axel as been a staple of the men's competition. Many great ones have been landed over the years. Who, in your opinion, had the best 3A of each Olympic cycle?
1992-94: Browning, though such a short cycle it's hard to say
2002-06: Plushenko again
2006-10: Drawing a bit of a blank... Few of the top skaters had an amazing one. Maybe Buttle or Weir? (EDIT: Just Weir)
Honourable Mention: Brian Orser, for pushing the 3A into men's figure skating (Scott Hamilton won without one in '84). He had the worst luck ever to not win OGM both times.
For 06-10 cycle, I would say Daisuke.
He is one of the few skaters whose 3A has both height and distance.
For 1998-2002, I'd say Yagudin or Stojko.
Plushenko's was certainly the best from 2002-2006.
I wouldn't say Buttle from 2006-2010, since he had some inconsistencies with it, and Plushenko's IMO was still better (certainly in terms of consistency). However, I might pick Weir or Joubert for the overall aesthetic of the jumps and lovely flow on the landings.
Todd Eldridge has a great one, the flow out was superior to Yagudin, Stojko and Browning IMO.
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy
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For 1998-2002 I think Yagudin's 3A was the best. He muscled his jumps but his 3A was standard in term of height.
For 2006-2010 I think it's Weir. He had good flow.
For 98-2002 I would also go for Yagudin I think. While he maybe not had the best flow on landing the height, and athletic power in his 3A was nice
2006-2010 I agree with CSG in excluding Buttle, I remember it as not being completely consistent, I really like Daisuke's and Johnny's Weir's.
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For 2006-10 I'd go for Nobunari Oda. Those 3A's were pure Shame the poor guy never gets his due, even if it's something, IMO, so obvious. Second choice would be Weir.
I also wanted to say Nobu.
Originally Posted by Li'Kitsu
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Weir had the best Triple Axel from 2005-2007, slightly better than Plushenko's (although not the same iron-cold consistency). It got a bit smaller and sometimes tended to have tighter landings after he switched coaches. Particularly in the 2010 Olympic season his Triple Axel really stopped flying across the ice like it used to. Was still good and better than many others, though.
I would throw in at least an honorable mention to Han Yan's 3A for 2013-2014. I just love it - super smooth.
Originally Posted by Sandpiper
I have to say - Yagudin got plenty of height and distance but he always looked like he was forcing the jump to happen, whereas Plushenko at his best just stepped elegantly up into the air.
I also disagree with the choice of Hanyu for the 10-14 quad. But I realise I'm in the very, very tiny minority that isn't actually over the moon about his skating, so there's not a lot of point arguing, is there?
If we're going to do splits, maybe we should do them by country's current skaters as well. That could be fun!