Favorite Figure Skater of All Time

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1Yuzuru 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.

This guy is pure perfection, I love his art on ice, unbelievable

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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.

This girl is simply stunning, splendid and miraculous!

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3Daisuke Takahashi

CAUTION!
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. - kana_kana

Don't push thumbs down button on Yuzuru and overvote to Daisuke and other skaters.

I love his skating always and forever. He is just figure skates.

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4Mao Asada

Disgusting skater and sick of her have always.

Mao, you are amazing skater! Makes me to cry watching your skate. Love you!

Mao is special and beautiful Figure Skater.

Mao is an amazing athlete and an inspirational person who has endured and overcame challenges in personal, public, and athletic aspects of her life. Simply put; a class act.

And to the person who wrote "disgusting", although you are entitled to your opinion, it is shameful that you can't see how disgusting you are for writing your comment.

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5Stephane 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.

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!

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.

Stephane is the best!

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6Evgeni 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.

Genius! Best of the best!

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7Ekaterina 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!

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!

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.

Your are amazing) When I saw you I just fall in love..

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8Katarina Witt

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.

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9Brian 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 won so much international medals during such a long time.

My inspiration, my muse, my only love. No one will replace him.

Let's be real Brian is a hottie

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10Elena 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.

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.

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 the best dancer!

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The Newcomers

?Carly Gold

Sure, most anybody who's heard of Carly Gold only knows her as Gracie's sister, but she showed a lot of promise in her first Nationals appearace this past week...Go Carly!

?Tatiana Malinina

The Contenders

11Tatsuki 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.

His acting is too beautiful, and it's being brimmed with tears with nature.

He is a very beautiful skater!... And amazing artist.

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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12Elizaveta 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!

Not quite competitively experienced, but amazing talent and super springy jumps! Other than the fearful triple axel, no need to review her jumps!

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13Denis 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!

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!

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!

He's a great skater, a great person, a great leader. On and off ice.

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14Brian 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? "

What would Brian Boitano do
If he were here today?
He'd make a plan and follow it through
That's what Brain Boitano'd do. - Puga

15Javier Fernandez

One of the most extraordinary skaters ever. He's so talented, his technical skills, speed and gliding are perfect. His charming performance is just incredible! He is an artist! He's looking for new fresh ideas, unforgettable performance on the World Gala 2015 with a music from "Touch of evil"! He's an actor with such a strong personality! Brave and unforgettable skater!

The most artistic figure skater in the world, he skates really good

He's so damn charming and talented!

So interesting to watch! Great performer!

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16Elena Radionova

Very interesting programs, great technique, very emotional! She has everything to be the best female skater!

I like her innocent personality.

She has to cherish that to express, especially exhibition is wonderful.

This is wonderful girl, she have a super skating

She is queen of ice

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17Takahiko Kozuka

He is from the time of junior, it is wonderfully skating, I was paying attention.

Up to senior, and now more and more to run a clever step work, I now look forward to seeing his step.

There is a flow to acting, smooth Very pleasant. In addition, part of the fun his selection of music also.

Classic look good, but also look good pop. Vocal music of the season as well, those very great, it is a love acting.

From now, also I want you active in the game.

His prominent skating technique has been attracting me long time.

Particularly, "Eagle" beautiful like wind is favorite for me.

2014-2015season's exhibition program, flamenco has passionate as well as his usual nobility.

His performances give me happiness all time.

I want to continue watching him in the long future.

Skater that grabbed my heart. His skating gently, it gives us the healing. Due to a failure of the body, rather Leap jump to think

Although longer, it has regained little by little. He does not lose heart wonderful. He is a fighter. Next season, also I want to see him in the game. And I am praying for his success in heaven.

Showed a lot of potential in his early years, but he never quite got to his full potential. His world silver medal was a one time thing.

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18Yuna Kim

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.

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!

Her jump technique is textbook perfect which allows her to have the consistency of a top competitor, the speed in and out of her jumps are lovely to see and not only does she go up but she goes across the ice. Beautiful jumps, beautiful speed across the ice, beautiful costumes... However her lines aren't so great, she needs to point her toes and fully extend her legs. Most of her choreography is arms and look pretty much the same. Her artistry and facial expressions are questionable as well.

She was destined to be one of the best figure skaters of her generation, yet near the end of her career she stagnated. Her jump layout wasn't pushing the boundaries of her sport, her spins still weak, choreography looked the same... It's too bad because she could have been one of the best figure skaters in the world.

I'm a huge fan of Yuna but she kept it safe for most of her career, sure it gave her a chance to medal and even win an OG but to mark yourself known as one of the best ...more

Simply the best!

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19Serafima Sakhanovich

Serafima stays in juniors and we look forward to winning her! Serafima has not grown to the adult step to Grand Prix, and she will have no place in an adult company still ! But in juniors our Serafima real queen will win still, because she's the junior still.

Sakhanovich is consistency and technical difficulty was what mattered in her. I am saying that Sakhanovich's skating is perfect, she would have no problem to medal at the GP & JGP,because she is best for only Queen in soon season! Her quad 4 in juniors should surprise all the critics, forward Serafima.

20Evgenia Medvedeva

I love her expression, the way she dances on the ice

She is very beautiful and greatest skater! Cool girl!

She's glorious to watch!
What a programme! What a performance!
She is truly special.

WOW! I so enjoyed your performance! 5 pints off from world record which no doubt YOU can be take in next competition! 
Genius skater- MASTERPIECE

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