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.


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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 is a very good girl

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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 simply sublime, one of the best men's figure skating has ever had to offer. A well-rounded, wonderfully musical and artistic athlete with unique footwork, very solid jumps and exuberant charisma. There's no doubt that he was a trailblazer for japanese men's figure skating and helped bringing the figure skating craze to Japan in a major way.

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4 Mao Asada

Mao is consummately elegant, athletic and artistic. She hits prima ballerina positions with stunning flexibility and beautifully erect posture and tackles technically challenging elements like the triple axel (which she has landed more consistently than any woman in history), the triple flip / loop, the one handed Biellmann, the cross grab Biellmann, acrobatic, rhythmic and emotionally moving step sequence. Then, she delivered the greatest LP in history in Sochi with 8 triples, with Russian pairs champion Maxim Trankov calling her "a true samurai." who she skated a program of "maximum difficulty" that "only an Olympic Champion could do" live on Russian T.V. with Julia and Adelina yet to skate. And live on French T.V. the announcers said that Mao "gave the performance of an Olympic champion." Then, Mao followed this with a world record SP at Worlds 2014. She should rightfully hold both records with her 8 triple program no matter what formerly ...more

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'.

She is beautiful, classy, dignified hard workng. All her performances are soulful and moving.

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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.

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.

I never felt perfection except for Yuna.

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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.

Before seeing St├ęphane, I thought no one can be better than Alexei Yagudin. After I descovered St├ęphane I could not take my eyes of him. He shows so much of his emotions and gives you so much of him with every moment that he creates. It's his passion that makes you absolutely fall inlove with him.

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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.

4 Olympic medals! LEGEND.

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8 Michelle Kwan

8 what a joke. Top 3 yes!

Greatest female skater in the world.

Favorite of all time!

Michelle should be in the top!

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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. Simply the best

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.

Kate is great!

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The Newcomers

? Sara Hurtado
? Julian Zhi Jie Yee

Malaysia's first men's figure skater. He's got talent for sure... - DerekB

The Contenders

11 Carolina Kostner

Her Ave Maria won me!

She is a role model!

She is so great!

I love caro! Bellisimo!

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12 Midori Ito

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.

Definitely the best woman skater of all time. She is the only one until NOW who can jump as high as a male skater! She is the legend who brought the woman's figure skating level high as of today.

No skater can be as exciting and thrilling as Midori Ito! Scott Hamilton once said "there will be 50 years before we'll see anything like Midori Ito. " Twenty years and still counting, his word still holds true. A figure skating legend!


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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 Virtue is an amazing skater. My favorite!

Every move she makes looks perfect as well as perfectly natural.

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

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14 Katarina Witt


Best ice skating competitor of all time and as it happens also on of most attractive women of all time!

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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15 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!

Lena be pregnant?

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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!

Best of the best!

Brian is the best, a wonderful champion!

The one who awoke my love for figure skating. The one who inspires me :) thank you Brian!

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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' m crazy about his program " East of eden". Whenever l watch, l'm about to cry...!

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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!

Here we go again.She always moves boring egyptian dance.

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20 Denis Ten

Denis is best skater!


The best of the best

I love all Denis' performances


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