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    ooh! Fun! In no particular order ... and I don't like limiting to just five per category!

    Pairs
    - Shen / Zhao
    - Savchenko / Szolkowky
    - Gordeeva / Grinkov
    - Berezhnaya / Sikharulidze
    - Pang / Tong

    Men
    - Yagudin
    - Boitano
    - Kulik
    - Plushenko
    - Takahashi

    Dance
    - Torvill / Dean
    - Klimova / Ponomarenko
    - Anissina / Peizerat
    - Davis / White
    - Virtue / Moir

    Ladies
    - Chen
    - Kwan
    - Kim
    - Ito
    - Asada

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    Ladies
    Mao- because everything
    Chen- beautiful
    Kwan- kweeeen
    Ito - Powerhouse
    Bonaly - Terrible in artistry (during her competitive years) but wow was she an excitement with her jumps, flips, and her overall defiance against the judging.

    Mens

    Dai...everytime I look up artistry/passion/charisma, there's his face posing back at me.
    Chan...Just keep your mouth shut
    Oda...what's not to love
    Hanyu...His future is limitless in FS
    Someone from my past...can't think of his name/

    Pairs
    P/T...the best part of Vancouver 2010
    Sergei Grinkov/Ekaterina Gordeeva...favorite pairs of all time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franklin99 View Post
    Bonaly - Terrible in artistry (during her competitive years) but wow was she an excitement with her jumps, flips, and her overall defiance against the judging.
    Her backflip in front of the judges at Nagano = totally boss. I was never a fan of hers, but I gasped, laughed, and then cheered at my TV when she did it. It was her final farewell or more of a "good riddance" to the judges.

    She's a tremendous show skater, she was built not for pretty artistic endeavours but for powerful set pieces.

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    Men: Stephane Lambiel, Daisuke Takahashi, Yuzuru Hanyu, Patrick Chan, Johnny Weir
    Ladies: Michelle Kwan, Shizuka Arakawa, Alissa Czisny, Carolina Kostner, Akiko Suzuki
    Pairs: Gordeeva/Grinkov, Shen/Zhao
    Dance: Virtue/Moir, Davis/White, Pechalat/Bourzat

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    Dance
    - Torvill and Dean - they are the reason I started watching skating, I think they will always remain my favourite ice dancers
    - Duchesnays
    - Anissina and Peizerat
    - Usova and Zhulin
    - Drobiazgo and Vanagas

    Men
    - Yagudin
    - Petrenko
    - Orser
    - Plushenko
    - Abbott

    Ladies
    - Ito
    - Butyrskaya
    - Slutskaya
    - Kostner

    Pairs
    - Mishkutenok and Dmitrev
    - Volosozhar and Trankov

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    Her backflip in front of the judges at Nagano = totally boss. I was never a fan of hers, but I gasped, laughed, and then cheered at my TV when she did it. It was her final farewell or more of a "good riddance" to the judges.

    She's a tremendous show skater, she was built not for pretty artistic endeavours but for powerful set pieces.
    I really did love her even though I tend to prefer the more artistic skater often. She had a punch to her skating and worked so hard too.

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    In no particular order:

    Men
    - Curry
    - Kulik
    - Lambiel
    - Lysacek
    - Takahashi

    Ladies
    - Hamill
    - Fleming
    - Arakawa
    - Poykio
    - Lepisto

    Pairs
    - Rodnina with both partners
    - Kilius & Baumler
    - Gordeeva & Grinkov
    - Shen & Zhao
    - Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze

    Dance
    - Torvill & Dean
    - Anissina & Peizerar
    - Moiseeva & Minenkov
    - Gritschuk & Platov
    - Davis & White

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    MEN:
    John Curry ( the reason why figure skating was created !)
    Patrick Chan (best blade ever)
    Stephane Lambiel ( technique, emotions, quality with some bravura included as well, a real DANCER on the ice)
    Alexei Yagudin (perhaps the best ever "whole package" has been put onto the ice)
    Toller Cranston ( the pioneer of modern male figure skating, without him Takahashi, Orser, Hanyu, Browning etc. just couldn't "happen")

    LADIES:
    Yu-Na Kim ( an incredible, subtle, ethereal perfect "whole package" on the ice with grace, technique. The perfect "feminine touch" in every way. A real gift for us)
    Mao Asada (the same timeless class. In the 6,0 era she would win everything. Easyness and the music itself. The second best olympics performance ever in history in 2010.)
    Chen Lu ( musicality, art, easyness, touching performances with very high technical quality together)
    Janet Lynn ( the pioneer of the modern female figure skating. very similar impact in the sport than Cranston in men. Every second is pleasing to watch her).
    Michelle Kwan ( I can't describe why, because of her quite a few imperfection, but her presence on the ice was unique)
    I cannot leave out:
    Denise Bielmann ( she was FAR ahead of her time having able to jump 3 Lutzes and other 4 triples when the winners had only two different triples in their repertoir, plus her elegance, fittness and innovations made a great impact in the future of the sport. f.e. Bielmann spin.All these qualities kept her in the professional circle in the longest period ever.)

    PAIRS:
    The Protopopovs ( the prototype of pairs skating and the all time synonime of perfection and art in this sport)
    Gordeeva/Grinkov ( the models of modern pairs skating, technique, elegance, pure quality, class and emotion)
    Mishkutionok/Dmitriev ( the most passionate, lovable pairs ever, giving always everything by their hearts, also innovative and a lots of "bravuras" included)
    Shen/Zhao (the symbol of the new era in the sport combining acrobaticism with art and emotion. Unique in this way)
    Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze ( class, quality and unison and lyricism. A leading real man with a great woman who needs and gets support to shine in every minute. The best ever programme ( a short one) in the discipline - Lady Calyph 2002 Olympics)

    DANCE:
    Torvil/Dean ( no one ever could match them in quality, unison, innovation, intricateness, braveness to make the discipline improve to its present status. every single program -amateur or professional- of them is breathtaking)
    Klimova/Ponomarenko ( the prototype of the lyrical, and balletic/dancing Russian ice dance in its VERY best. Gorgeous)
    Virtue/Moir (probably the closest ever to thhe Greatest Torvil/Dean. Incredible quality, emotion and professionalism.
    They made the incredibly difficult elements integrated to the choreography so smoothly and evidently that the judges sometimes were not well educated enough to realize this unique art in front of their eyes. Audience always was.)
    Pakhomova/Gorshkov (Without them the discipline never would be as highly appreciated to be an Olympic sport. Innovative, lovable, intricate, sexy but down-to-earth. The real ancestors of Torvil/Dean. The best ever lady in ice dancing ever since.)
    Anissina/Peizerat ( because of their quality, innovative programmes which made a real impact in the future of the sport)

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    Well, choosing five per category is a whole lot easier than limiting it to one!

    Men - Todd Eldredge, Brian Orser, Paul Wylie, Kurt Browning, Matt Savoie (Jeff Buttle, Adam Ripppon, Ilia Kulik, Elvis Stojko, Javier Fernandez, Taka Kozuka, too - Jason Brown for the future)

    Ladies - Midori Ito, Michelle Kwan, Yuka Sato, Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki

    Pairs - G&G, Shen & Zhao, Robin & Aliona, Kirsten Moore Towers & Dylan Moskovitch, Pang & Tong

    Dance - Meryl & Charlie, Tanith & Ben, Bourne & Kraatz, K&O, Klimova & Ponomorenko (love Torvill & Dean, Nathalie & Fabian, Delobel & Schoenfelder too)

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    Pairs
    1. G/G
    2. Shen/Zhao
    3. Pang/Tong
    4. M/D
    5. V/T

    Men
    1. Yuzuru
    2. Patrick
    3. Stephane
    4. Plushenko
    5. Jason Brown

    Ice dance
    1. V/M
    2. D/W
    3. I/K (too bad they split )

    Ladies
    1. Mao
    2. Caroline Zhang
    3. Midori Ito
    4. Sasha
    5. Michelle

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    This will be hard but I'm going to give it a try. I love them all when it comes to figure skaters. One more than the others for different reasons.

    Men 1 Takahashi
    2 Cousins
    3 Lambiel
    4 Hanyu
    5 Buttle
    Ladies 1 Yamaguchi
    2 Mao
    3 Hamill
    4 Arakawa
    5 Ito
    Dance 1 V/M
    2 Bourne/Kraatz
    3 Torvill/Dean
    4 Pechalet/Bourzat
    5 Weaver/Poje
    Pairs 1 Gordeeva/ Grinkov
    2 Shen/Zhao

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    Ladies
    Yuna Kim
    Mao Asada
    Michelle Kwan
    Erm...

    Pairs
    Shen / Zhao

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    I know I'm going to have second thoughts and third thoughts and will edit interminably, but I want to get something down.

    Men
    Kurt Browning (my favorite of all time, both in the air—while jumping—and on the ice with his unparalleled bladework)
    John Curry (as Bigdeal says, the reason figure skating was invented)
    Daisuke Takahashi (charismatic, smooth, compelling)
    Stephane Lambiel (like Takahashi, the whole of his skating is far more than the sum of its parts)
    Alexei Yagudin (can jump, can dance, can ignite the ice)
    Honorable mention: Paul Wylie, Toller Cranston

    Ladies
    Michelle Kwan (like Browning, my favorite of all time, the perfect blend of musicality, grace, strength, and emotional power)
    Mao Asada (graceful yet powerful, expressive, a model of perseverance)
    YuNa Kim (an artist and one of the finest jumpers ever)
    Yuka Sato (beautiful skills, radiant personality)
    Honorable mention: Sasha Cohen

    Ice Dance
    Torvill and Dean (no explanation required)
    Klimova and Ponomarenko (lyrical and romantic, yet technically splendid as well)
    Davis and White (quick-footed, brilliant)
    Virtue and Moir (what a connection to each other, and technically innovative too)
    Denkova and Staviskiy (they draw me in every time)
    Honorable mention: Rahkamo and Kokko

    Pairs
    Gordeyeva and Grinkov (beyond compare)
    Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze (supple, lyrical, with pure technique)
    Shen and Zhao (for how they transformed themselves from an athletic pair to a lyrical one, with a powerful emotional unison)
    Underhill and Martini (even more so as pro skaters, where their jazzy, powerful style came into its own)
    Sale and Pelletier (strong yet flowing)

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    originally posted by bigdeal
    Mao Asada (the same timeless class. In the 6,0 era she would win everything. Easyness and the music itself. The second best olympics performance ever in history in 2010.)

    This a little off topic, but I am interested in your opinion. I have also thought that Mao would do better under the 6.0 system because her high tech content would not be subject to constant scrutiny by tech panels and she would not be subject to low GOE's on her jumps, both of which often seem highly questionable to me especially at Worlds 2014. Do you agree? Are there any other reasons you can think of? What competitions do you think she would have won or done better in had she skated under the 6.0 system? Also, you don't mention Sochi. Do you think her LP Bells of Moscow performance in Vancouver 2010 is better than Roch 2 in 2014? Sochi is better to me.

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    Men Kurt Yagudin Lambiel Chan Takahashi
    Laidies Witt Kristi Kwan Yuna Radionova

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