As much as I absolutely adore Carolina and have always liked her jump technique its going to be a long time before I can forget BoP's 'ode to the single jump' post after the free skate. I can't even look at the protocols without laughing. Some got offended but I found it entertaining. To be able to get that score in her FS with jumps like that really speaks volumes about how good her technique really must be!
Another vote for Caro. Great height, distance, flow. Perfect air position and extension on landings. All correct edges. On lutz and flip, she finishes the rotation way before landing. Only criticisms are telegraphing and inconsistency when she's nervous, tired or loses concentration.
Yuna's jumps are also superb but she occasionally lips and of course doesn't do the loop anymore. To get nitpicky her landings aren't very well extended and her salchow is kind of swingy.
Gracie's jumps may be huge but she doesn't get a lot of flow on the landings. On flip and lutz she jumps with her arms too much and it kind of takes away from the aesthetics of the jump. She also has a tendency to let her body get too far back in the air.
As for flutzing, men do have the advantage of being stronger which helps in keeping the edge more stable plus they don't need to prerotate so much. I find that when I try too hard and muscle my lutz or don't have enough speed I always go over onto the inside edge. If I have adequate speed, a steady edge and controlled light pick on the take off I can keep it on an outside edge. Mule kicks and wobbly edges are not conductive to achieving a true lutz.
Definitely Carolina and Kim. Edge to Kim for less set up, but Kostner has wonderful speed and flow. Kim also tends to maintain her axis better than Kostner.
As for the men, Hanyu has excellent technique and Chan (except for the axel) has it as well. Plushenko's jumping technique is also very solid (except for the occasional lutz or salchow). Yagudin and Stojko are examples of skaters in the past who also have good technique.
Chan's axel should take him out of this convo if a jump is that unreliable. Not a single clean axel from him in Sochi, not even the double.
Yagudin and Plushenko really didn't have any weak jumps. If they ever missed a jump, it was usually just whatever was at the end of the program when they got tired/lost concentration. It usually changed from season to season as their jump layouts changed. Yagudin's 3flip was always a bit wonky in his 02 season cause it was at the end of his program but he never had issues with it in other seasons when it was earlier in the program. But then he would have issues with his salchow when it was at the end of his Broken Arrow LP.
Kulik had amazing jump technique but was just very inconsistent.
How about Kostner's inconsistencies on her flip or salchow?
I think we should consider not consistency but actual technique when the jump is properly executed. Chan has landed many axels this season (he was 5/8 or something like that prior to Sochi), but even his successful axels were poor technique compared to somebody like Hanyu.
Hanyu has a great 4T and 3A, but he does slip up on his lesser jumps so I wouldn't give him an A+ just yet either.
I also love Carolina's jumps when she lands them. However, I can never consider her a jump master with correct technique. Consistency is a big part of it. As far as I see, she has not mastered the technique. If your Ferrari breaks down every other month, would you consider it a good car? You still may want to keep it because it is beautiful but something must be wrong if it breaks down that often.
Like I said, this thread is about technique, not consistency.
Ito, for example, has poor technique with her leg wrap, but good consistency. Lipnitskaia gets minimal height, but has solid consistency.
i.e. just because a skater is consistently landing their jumps doesn't mean they have ideal technique. Just like somebody with excellent technique doesn't necessarily always land their jumps.