Favorite Figure Skater of All Time

The Top Ten

1 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.

Great skater, beautiful face, beautiful figure, great personality but more than anything, GREAT HUMAN BEING. So young yet so extremely talented and passionate and very humble. He is an idol, my idol. He has inspired me so much, I just love him. And he is probably.. well not 'probably', but he actually IS the best figure skater of all times.

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2 Yulia 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.

Yulia Lipnitskaya is a best skater in the world. I like watch her programs. It is very cool.

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3 Daisuke 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. - kana_kana

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

He's the embodiment of artistry on ice and the way his lives his music never fails to move me.

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4 Mao Asada

Disgusting skater and sick of her have always.

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

She was indeed born to skate to Chopin. There is no wonder she is the current record-holder for short program. In my opinion, had the point system been revised sooner (before Vancouver), she would also be the current record-holder for long program, given her splendid Rachmaninoff performance. It touched my heart and many others'.

Mao Asada has the most bubbly and beautiful personality which draws me directly to her. No other figure skaters show this amazing personality on the ice like the one she has there. She has beautiful spirals and elegant jumps. There have been so many nasty reviews about her in the past by uninformed critics which grieves me. There is nothing else on earth why anyone wishes to dislike her as her smile fills the heart of her fans with adoration, admiration, and love.

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5 Yuna Kim

Queen Yuna. Her speed, great ice coverage, musicality, artistry and technical consistency sets her apart to every skater out there. She's got the over-all presence on the ice, plus exquisite technique. Her jumps are often referred to as textbook standard, and what's more appealing to her is her effortlessness on the ice, and how she just portrays exquisite elegance and easiness. And even though she's retired in competition, she's still widely-adored by her fans worldwide. Inarguably, one of the GREATEST of all time.

Elegant, graceful, beautiful, mysterious.

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!

Lmao the person who made this was probably a japanese person putting japanese skaters on top smh

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6 Stephane 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.

The most sensitive skater I have ever known!

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7 Evgeni 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.

Evgeni is a femonenal and a unique sportsman. Ice skaters' sporting life span is usually short. But not his. His competitive life is longer than a decade. From a very young to a mature man Plushenko has always been at the very top. His achievements and titals have almost no rivals. His strength, competitiveness, his vigour of live, craftsmanship and artistic side are invigorating. He is a joy and pride!

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8 Michelle Kwan

She is so good she puts emotion into every thin she does
She takes pride in every thing she does - mayalol

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.

The expression, " one of a kind " fits Michelle. Sometimes an individual comes along and sets a mark so high that it takes another exceptional person to attain it. So far no one has even come near to Michelle, and I doubt if there ever will be another like her.

How old is she because she is awesome! She is also my role model.

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9 Alexey Yagudin

I remember his magic Winter in Salt Lake City.

The great athlete, his programs can be revised again and again

The best skater! His programs are impossible to forget.

Yagudin is a miracle. People fall in love with figure skating, when they see him.

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10 Ekaterina 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.

Ekaterina is great figure skating

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The Contenders

11 Carolina Kostner

A beautiful angel, who makes me love figure skating totally.

She can skate any kind of music, she will always be beautiful.

She is a ballerina on ice, an angel. No one can compare with her beauty and artistry.

I love you, Carolina! She is very beautiful!

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12 Midori Ito

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!

Her skating was speedy and powerful especially her jumps were so high and stable. She showed that figure skating is athletic competition. I cannot find any skater with ability like Midori Ito. Midori is still champion of jumping and athlete!

I ice skate, and my coach has told me that I am just like her. It pushes me more to be like that amazing figure in skating.

Whenever I watch Midori's video, I can't believe it was over 20 years ago.

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13 Tessa Virtue

Tessa recently very much puffy and fat. I do not want to look at this slow, heavy cow.

Tessa is really brilliant. Very smart, charismatic, artistic. The best in ice dance.

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.

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)

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14 Elena 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 Ilinykh is really brilliant. Very smart, charismatic, artistic. The best in ice dance! When you were in an Olympic Game I was supported only you-your grace and beauty I started to watch figure skating regularly. Thank you for the best performances in Sochi)

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15 Katarina Witt

Very beautiful, stylish and sophisticated. One of the greats.

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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16 Brian Joubert

One from the few skaters that lasted so long in competitions 9without any season out for over 10 years) and in high level. A real FIGHTER! King of quads! He has a great connection with the crowd! The james bond of the ice!

Brian is the best, a wonderful champion!

He won so much international medals during such a long time.

The best and most beautiful!

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17 Tatsuki 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.

I love his pure skating and his passion.

In 2012-13 season, he looked like a different skater from last season. In 2013-14 season, I thought it again because his quad jump was so beautiful. In final season, he had the majesty of a king. Now, he show us a elegant (and slightly unique) performance in the ice show. He always amaze us. Thanks tatsuki!

I really love his passionate performance!

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18 Johnny Weir

He will make a mark on the sport for his artistry, creativity and personality.

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.

I have become a figure skating fan because of him. I fell in love with his skating style right away. Johnny is the embodiment of grace, beauty and strength.

Johnny is the most compelling skater I have ever seen. His beauty, grace, and power on the ice is bewitching and artistic beyond compare.

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19 Elizaveta 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!

The best skater and fighter in the world.I adore her personality and unique sense of music.

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20 Denis Ten

He shared his glory and feeling in social media closing the gap with his fans

I have been in love with his performance when I first saw his skating in Sochi.

Besides he's a professional skater, he is too friendly to have multiple social network to approach his fans! I'll root for him.

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

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