The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time

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The best male figure skaters ever, living or dead

List of the greatest male figure skaters of all time. This list includes history’s most amazing male figure skaters, those whom audiences tuned in to see in all of the largest figure skating competitions, from the World Figure Skating Championships to the Olympics. Although they’re all retired now, they’ve contributed to figure skating’s heritage immeasurably.

Can any true skating fan forget the early greats in mens’ figure skating, including Ulrich Salchow and Gillis Grafström? Salchow, especially, not only entertained audiences but also left a legacy for all following generations of figure skaters — he’s the inventor of the famous salchow jump. The greats in mens’ figure skating have definitely embraced and perfected this jump — Timothy Goebel, for instance, was the first figure skater to land a quadruple salchow in a competition successfully.

Of course, all of mens’ single figure skating isn’t about powerful jumps. The greatest men in figure skating have been just as graceful and artistic as the greatest women, combining music and choreography in a way that moves audiences. Many of the greatest male figure skaters also turned to choreography and coaching careers as their competitive careers drew to a close.

On this list can be found the most significant men in figure skating history. These are the mavericks who’ve lead the way, the powerhouses who’ve won championship after championship, and the men who continue to influence the sport today. No matter your favorite male skater, from Dick Button to Kurt Browning, they’re all here on this list of the greatest male figure skaters ever.
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  • Yuzuru Hanyu
    1
    2,402 votes
    • Age: 28
    • Birthplace: Sendai, Japan
  • Javier Fernández
    2
    1,000 votes
    • Age: 31
    • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

    As of 2017, two time world champion (2015-16) and 5 time European champion (2013-17), known for often portraying characters (Chaplin, Jack Sparrow, Don Quijote) in his competitive programs.

  • Alexei Yagudin
    3
    899 votes
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

    Olympics: Gold 2002
    Worlds: Gold 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002; Silver 2001
    Europeans: Gold 1998, 1999, 2002; Silver 2000, 2001
    GP Final: Gold 1999, 2002; Silver 2001
    Cup of Russia: Gold 1998; Silver 1997
    Lalique: Gold 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
    Nations Cup: Gold 1999
    Skate America: Gold 1999, 2000; Silver 2001
    Skate Canada: Gold 2000, 2001, 2002

  • Evgeni Plushenko
    4
    1,417 votes
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Solnechny District

    Olympics: Gold 2006; Silver 2002, 2010
    Worlds: Gold 2001, 2003, 2004; Silver 1999
    Europeans: Gold 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012; Silver 1998, 1999, 2004
    GP Final: Gold 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005; Silver 2002, 2004
    Cup of Russia: Gold 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010
    Lalique: Gold 2004
    NHK Trophy: Gold 1999, 2000, 2001
    Skate America: Silver 1998
    Skate Canada: Gold 1999, 2004
    Nations Cup: Gold 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
    Goodwill Games: Gold 2002

  • Brian Orser
    5
    904 votes
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Belleville, Canada

    Olympics: Silver 1984, 1988
    Worlds: Gold 1987; Silver 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988
    Skate Canada: Gold 1984, 1985, 1988; Silver 1982, 1983
    NHK Trophy Silver 1985, 1986
    St. Ivel: Gold 1982, 1983, 1986
    Nebelhorn: Silver 1981
    St. Gervais: Gold 1981
    Novarat: Gold 1987

  • Kurt Browning
    6
    714 votes
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Alberta, Canada

    Worlds: Gold 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993; Silver 1992
    Goodwill Games: Gold 1991

    Int. de Paris: Gold 1992
    Nations Cup: Gold 1991
    Skate Canada: Gold 1989, 1991, 1994
    St. Gervais: Silver 1986, 1987
    St. Ivel: Gold 1989; Silver 1988