Favorite Figure Skater of All Time

July 28, 2015 - Who is your Favorite Figure Skater of all time? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Yuzuru Hanyu
One need not look further than this season for a testament to Yuzuru Hanyu's amazing athleticism, steely tenacity, and insane growth. From a crash in CoC to absolute victory at the Grand Prix Final. From a 20% success rate on the quad salchow to beautiful, GOE-heavy quads. Now the kid is even predicting the era of quintuples. That sounds crazy, but coming from Yuzuru, it's matter-of-fact. What can we say? He's clearly beyond the level of mere humans.
I think he is one of the biggest talents in figure skating history. He's very versatile and he has got the full package. His jumps are spectacular, his speed is amazing, his presence on the ice is immense. And he is so captivating it really is a huge fun to watch him compete. What I especially love about him is his will to compete against all odds. He has a spirit of a top athlete. And he has his charm and artistic mind. Wish him good luck. He's the best of the best, one of a kind, an alien. Happy to be a witness of his success. Well- deserved one.
I've watched a lot of figure skating performances in several winter Olympic Games, but Yuzuru is the one that make me a figure skating fan finally.
[Newest]Hanyu has so much talent in him. His jumps are great but like all of Team Japan he is inconsistent. His spins are lovely to see, flexibility and speed which is very hard to see in Men's figure skating. Jumps seem like a piece of cake to him, so much speed in and out of his jumps and the height and length he gets on them are astonishing! His artistry is wonderful as well, however he almost has the same weaknesses of Kim Yuna. Poor extensions, lots of arm choreography and his free programmes for the past 3 years has been looking exactly the same. He needs to work on his posture, stamina, consistency, edges and get better free programmes. That's when we know Yuzuru Hanyu will dominate this sport. Can't wait to watch him grow up as a skater and a person and anticipating 2018...
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2Yulia Lipnitskaya
Yulia's spins are out of this world. No one can touch her flexibility, the ingenuity of her positions, her speed and the overall beauty of a spinning Yulia Lipnitskaya. If I were a judge, Yulia would be the only one who gets Level 4 on spins - her level 4s just cannot be compared to the others in the field. Take a Biellmann - most skaters struggle to do one, let alone a hyperextended Biellmann, and even when they hit the position they merely turn slowly for 3 to 4 rounds. Not Yulia. Yulia's thigh practically touches her head and she spins her Biellmann at a wonderful speed rarely seen among top skaters. Queen of spins and spirals, Yulia Lipnitskaya.
I love her for her musicality. I play classical piano, and I can't believe how well she can 'feel' and enjoy the music. As well, she chooses her music herself. And all of her music is always heartbreakingly beautiful and easy on the ears. She knows what she can do, and she takes it all to the max. Her spins are amazing to watch- just like a dancer or a gymnast. She has beautiful extensions and showcases fluidity in all of her movements. She has the spark that will certainly prove that she is the best in the near future.
First of all, I would like to share their impression of the rentals Julia.. Do not lie if I say that after the short program in the team competition, went under the impression week. I very much liked figure skating at all Olympic Games only look at the sport as possible trying not to miss the championship worlds and Europe, but in the last few years have not been able, up to the Olympics, look at the competition. Easy riding, smooth motion and rotation is breathtaking at the end I was incredibly inspired. I understand that, perhaps even under ideal rental in the women's singles competitions Julia could not get gold, but, in my opinion, is not so important points as important to convey power. If I was asked who my favorite athlete, I would say it was her name. :)

I wish Julia forces, which will be enough to become even more powerful skater, which is enough to maintain the spirit. Just I hope that with age, it does not lose its flavor, which inspires people.
[Newest]Good luck, Yulia. I believe in you.
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3Daisuke Takahashi
Ridiculous to do such a thing - the same person change the browser to vote to the same skater many times.
One Person, One Vote! That's the justice.
I think ashamed of this vote as a Japanese.


Don't push thumbs down button on Yuzuru and overvote to Daisuke and other skaters.
[Newest]Daisuke is beautiful dancer on ice.

4Mao Asada
Mao, you are amazing skater! Makes me to cry watching your skate. Love you!
Need no explanation. Mao is the greatest, the most graceful and energetic skater ever! Whenever she skates, she becomes the music, dances like a fairy, and empowers the audience. Above all, her pure love for figure skating endlessly captures our hearts.

Maybe she's not a judges' favorite, but we know who deserves the best, it's you, Mao, thank you for sharing your gift with us.
Katarina Witt... Really, the girl who lever landed a jump above a triple loop in competition, while during the same time midori was landing triple lutzes, and later triple axels. Mao should be much higher than her, and 17 really?
[Newest]Disgusting skater and sick of her have always.
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5Yuna Kim
Watch her speed, she's so fast and graceful on the ice. So far, no one can match her artistic ability and facial expression. You have to remember that figure skating is not just about the spins and jumps but the expression, I think kim yuna deserves to be higher on the list, I mean she's won many titles, and she broke the record!
Yuna Kim is a truly phenomenon in figure skating. Her technical skills, speed, performance ability, emotional expressions, music choice, fashion sense and her personality are all almost perfect! Moreover, I do like the sound from her skating because it shows how professional and relaxed she is, even during major competitive tournaments; also, it does match the music very well. Some people said that Yuna looks so effortless when skating; but in my opinion, in order to be "effortless" like her, you have to have exceptional skills and spirit. Indeed, I could not see any ladies during Yuna Kim's era can have this "effortless" ability.
She is always perfect, and there are not betrayal others' expectation.

She does a beautiful jump to include speed and the height.

Her performance's emotion is plentiful and she excite the audience and impress me.

It looked like magic. Her performance is the most fun and I like it!

She is the hero who beat pressure and every thing.

I always respect her.

When she retired, I cried. I still think that I miss her very much.
[Newest]Best of best! The Queen
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6Stephane Lambiel
A real artist on the ice! The one who could put together the highest level artistry with amazing skating skills and technique. The one who will always be known for his highest demand of quality, even after his competitive retirement. And at the same time, also a wonderful person. And I haven't even mentioned his mesmerizing spins and musicality.
Stephane Lambiel is only a "contender"? I don't trust this survey as being valid. Lambiel is unquestionably the greatest male figure-skater out there in this day and age. I'm not just saying that because I happen to personally adore him (which I do), I make this statement objectively and in light of his consistent perfection and unearthly artistry. But why restate the obvious? Because, apparently some prefer to ignore the obvious. Listing him as a mere "contender" does have shock value, though... That works.
I can write a lot about Stephane. But I will say the main thing: his highest artistry, excellent technique, the beauty of movements, harmony with the music, the love to the audience. He fascinates, captivates, creates magic on the ice. Each of his program is a short theatrical masterpiece, a work of art. He's a real, sincere and he has no equal. He is a genius!
[Newest]THE Artist! Full stop.
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7Evgeni Plushenko
One of the greatest and most charismatic figure skaters of all time. He radiates power, beauty and energy. The sheer command he has over the ice and audience is spellbinding. There will never be a male figure skater as emotional, passionate, technically masterful as him. One of a kind. Tsar on ice!
I love everything about Plushenko's skating, the arm movements, the playing up to the audience, everything! Thanks to YouTube I have been able to see his earliest performances and his skill and talent is incredible. He will always be remembered in figure skating and he is the King of Ice.
There is only one of him in the world. There is no one like him. In an age of figure skating where everyone is the same, he is different. No one has the command and power over the ice that he does. No one has his charisma. I repeat, there is no one like him and never will be again. He is one of the greatest - a living legend.
[Newest]Best skater ever. Legend
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8Michelle Kwan
Figure skating is a better sport because of Michelle Kwan. Judging system may change and Olympic golds may be continually given, but Michelle Kwan's legendary presence, exuberant elegance and timeless artistry will be always remembered. No other artist can exude the same brand of genuine emotional exposition on ice except her.
No one - of any era - can compare. Michelle is in a realm beyond figure skating itself. She's in a realm beyond because she mastered skating: her edges, her execution before, during and leaving a jump, her ability to emote without ever sacrificing basic figure skating fundamentals are unmatched. And, then, she just shares herself. Fully.. Without reservation. From the heart.
Your legendary and iconic existence in the world of figure skating calibrated the standard that every skater that follows you should adhere. Your artistic interpretation is yet to be surpassed by any man or woman.
[Newest]Another legend. Poised and artistic whenever she's dancing on ice. Immensely talented and rightfully one of the top 10 figure skaters of all time.

9Ekaterina Gordeeva
Completely agree! She's absolutely magnificent, just breath-taking! She is not only a genius in figure skating, she's also one of the most beautiful women in the world. And it's very natural, that she's often associated with Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn - two greatest actresses ever. She's really Great!
She is the only person in the world of the figure skating af all times, who has transfigured it to an Art. It's actually a ballet on ice and a Great ballet! This is the level of skating, when even her perfect technique doesn't play role any more, because the Pure Beauty dominates over everything: it admires, stuns, hypnotizes and gives a natural sensation of eternal harmony. Other great skaters are heroes, and Katya is an Artist.
There are only few things in this world which can always give you joy regardless your mood and state of mind: sea, sun in the sky, poetry of Shakespeare, music of Bach, paintings of El Greco, films with Katharine Hepburn or Dustin Hoffman and skating of Katya Gordeeva. Ekaterina, I'm so grateful that you exist! THANK YOU!
[Newest]Your are amazing) When I saw you I just fall in love..

10Carolina Kostner
Goddess on ice, excellent!
She is a special skater, she always moves my heart.
Why she is my favorite skater? Watch one of her programs and you will know.
[Newest]I love you, Carolina! She is very beautiful!

The Contenders

11Midori Ito
Without a doubt the finest jumper of all time. Her artistry was underrated and she had so much energy definitely before her time. If it wasn't for compulsory figures and the disastrous warm up and short program of the 1991 worlds she would have at least 3 world titles. MY favourite skater of all time and such a cute smile too!
She is a huge part of figure skating history:first woman to land a triple-triple combination at JUNIOR worlds! First woman to land a triple axel first woman to land seven triple jumps in a free program and paved the way for Japanese figure skaters. that's quite an achievement!
The first asian female to win a World Title and an Olympic medal. The very first female figure skater to land a clean triple axel in International Competition... Her smile is so big. She's just wonderful
[Newest]Whenever I watch Midori's video, I can't believe it was over 20 years ago.

12Tessa Virtue
When you were in an Olympic Games it was the first time I saw you. Because of your grace and beauty I started to watch figure skating regularly. Thank you for the best performances in the world)
She's the consummate princess ice dancer. Elegant, charming, talented. Virtue and Moir float on ice. They're articulate with their edges and footwork, and make it look so easy. The chemistry between them, is part of their charm. Timeless, like Rogers and Astaire.
Tessa is always so cute and lovely. Love her beautiful skating.

13Katarina Witt
Gorgeous even at 47.
A beauty on ice. A treat to watch her skate. Classy. Wonderfully talented and technically superb. A two time Olympic Gold winner and rightfully so. She's also won the World Championships and European Championships ten times... That's 12 gold medals. This makes her one of the most successful figure skaters of all time. Hugely inventive on ice, immensely popular and loved, this German is an alluring symmetry on ice.
Confidence, guts, and style. Defined 1980s skating!

14Brian Joubert
But Brian Joubert was never afraid of circumstances and of hard work. He is somebody who never gives up, someone who takes the breath away the minute he appears on the ice.

With retiring of Brian the whole figure skating era end. He gone as a big champion, as a big fighter and great skater. The gladiator on ice. The French musketeer. And last but not least - as a man with a most nice smile in figure skating. Merci Brian!
He is perfect! I love him! And respect for his skating!
This is the best skater. And this is a very nice person. He is humble, smiling, fair play, nice, sweet, patient, and very available.
[Newest]Let's be real Brian is a hottie

15Elena Ilinykh
Elena is so talented, so expressive and brilliant on the ice. She is such a fun loving, sincere and kind person. And she is a star and has a champion quality.
She is adorable because she is so essential.. She is just very open and kind-hearted! I really dream to meet her one day although I never really had any idols, I prefer to live my own life. ! But she is just so like us, all other people that it feels that to meet her will be like to meet an old lost friend from high school! I adore her! She is just lovely!
Elena is a real sportsman in the best sense of this word. She fights and struggles for every point, no matter what. She is a great personality. And she is gorgeous and unforgettable on the ice.
[Newest]She is so talented & beautiful!
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16Johnny Weir
Johnny is the most artistic figure skater I've ever known! When he skates I can't put my eyes off the screen/ice (whatever! ). He's a real magician ON ICE! He takes your soul and your heart and returns them full of emotions and love, so once you saw Johnny skating you'd never forget him!
Johnny is absolutely in a league of his own as a skater. He doesn't just skate to music. He becomes the music, interpreting it with every stroke of his blades, every turn of his hips, every flick of his fingers. He's mesmerizing and truly the most powerful, heartbreakingly beautiful artist on the ice ever.
Johnny is the best skater of all over the world. He's so beautiful. His skating is very creative and artistic. I love it)))
[Newest]He has changed my life forever.

17Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
Liza, the greatest challenger! Her skating is always beautiful, elegant, and gorgeous!
Very much I love Lisa! She tremendous, she has excellent jumps and an improbable triple axel!
She's very beautiful! Her triple axel magnificent!
[Newest]Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is Queen of the triple axel. Goddess of ice really!

18Denis Ten
Denis' artistry and musicality is unparalleled within the current generation of men's singles competitors, and you can tell he is really connected to the music, whether it be in competitions or shows, and he always seems to skate from the heart. He's also changed the landscape of figure skating in his home country, Kazakhstan, and has inspired many others with his wonderful skating as well as his insights and wise words off ice.
On good days, his technique, posture, and style shine through and his performances really draw you in and are so entertaining and enjoyable to watch!
He has grown so much as a performer and has managed to achieve so much over the past few years, and I will look forward to to seeing how he develops in the future.
Please vote for this incredibly talented skater!
He is very talented skater! Undoubtedly he is amazing! He inspires with his enthusiasm and desire for improvement. He inspired all Kazakhstan skaters that hard work, high dream and the desire to win can realize the dream. His magnificent tricks and ease on the ice are great. His performance is always infectious! He has reached such heights in such a vulnerable age and it does not stop there. He is improving day by day. And I undoubtedly believe that he will win not yet low altitudes and become the best skater. Of course, I will look forward to to seeing how he develops in the future.
Please vote for this incredibly talented skater!
The person who put so much effort into becoming a great Skater! Dennis is a truly strong person. He started as his training in an indoor rink of the shopping mall and continued his journey up until the Olympics and became a Champion. I admire him for his character and dedication. He is a legendary Skater for us already and his accomplishments are just the beginning of his big journey! Thank you Dennis for your talent, for your hard work and passion!
[Newest]He's a great skater, a great person, a great leader. On and off ice.

19Brian Boitano
Brian had the power and grace. Dramatic presence on the ice. Also managed a great professional career.
He is Legend! And, I'm also enjoy "What would Brian Boitano make? "

20Tatsuki Machida
I was deeply impressed by his performances. While watching him skate for a few minutes in a competition, I felt I was watching a whole movie or an entire performance of ballet. His movement is not just beautiful; in every single movement he has a message he wants to show the world, a message of love. Yes, it is a pity he no longer competes, but I'm looking forward to seeing him perform another artistic program, something like East of Eden or Beethoven Symphony No.9.
Tatsuki brought his soul into his skating. His Beethoven 9th Symphony is simply amazing, so artistic as well as athletic. He decided not to compete any more but simply perform his skating now...
He is very beautiful, elegant, graceful. And intellectual skater. I love his skating so much.
[Newest]Since first time I saw his performance, I felt in love his skater. He might not be the athlete who won through up to a record, but was the artist who won through up to memory. I have watched his new program in Yokohama today. The performance was showed us his new world!

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