Winter Sports The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time  

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List Rules 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time
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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

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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.

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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

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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

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United States of America

Olympics: Gold 1984
Worlds: Gold 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
Skate America: Gold 1980, 1982, 1983
Skate Canada: Gold 1981
NHK Trophy: Gold 1983
Nebelhorn: Silver 1977

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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

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United States of America

Olympics: Gold 1988
Worlds: Gold 1986, 1988; Silver 1987
Skate America: Gold 1984, 1987; Silver 1986, 1994
NHK Trophy: Gold 1986
St. Ivel: Gold 1985

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United States of America
Dick Button, who created the flying camel spin, won multiple gold medals, including five at the World Figure Skating Championships (1948 to 1952).

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Canada
Elvis Stojko not only took the gold at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships seven times but also won the silver at the Winter Olympic games twice (1994 and 1998).

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Switzerland

Olympics: Silver 2006
Worlds: Gold 2005, 2006
Europeans: Silver 2006, 2008, 2010
GP Final: Gold 2006, 2008
Cup of China: Silver 2006
Cup of Russia: Silver 2006, 2008
Skate Canada: Gold 2007
Nebelhorn: Gold 2010

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United Kingdom
John Curry, skating for Great Britain, won the gold at both the World Figure Skating Championships and Winter Olympic Games in 1976.

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United States of America
Johnny Weir was on top in U.S. skating from 2004 to 2006; he won the gold medal at the U. S. Figure Skating Championships each of those years.

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United Kingdom
Robin Cousins is a champion many times over; his accomplishments include taking the gold at the British Figure Skating Championships for four consecutive years (1977 to 1980).

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Viktor Petrenko represented the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games, where he won the gold medal in mens’ single figure skating.

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Russia
In 1995 Ilia Kulik earned the gold medal at both the World Junior Figure Skating Championships and the European Figure Skating Championships; he went on to earn Olympic gold (1998).

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Canada
The Canadian Figure Skating Championships belonged to Toller Cranston from 1971 to 1976 — he won the gold each year for a total of six champion titles.

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Sweden
Ulrich Salchow is a legendary figure skater who won not only the World Figure Skating Championships 10 times but also the European Figure Skating Championships nine times.

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Nathan Chen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time
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France
Philippe Candeloro, at the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics, won the gold medal; he represented France.

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Canada
Events Jeffrey Buttle gold medaled at during his career include the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, and the World Figure Skating Championships.

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Shoma Uno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time
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First to land a quad-flip in an international competition.

2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Silver Medalist.

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Denis Ten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time
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United States of America
Todd Eldredge captured the title at the U. S. Figure Skating Championships six times (1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2002).

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Paul Wylie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time
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Paul Wylie won the silver medal at the 1992 Olympics. He won the 1992 U.S. Open Professional Championship and the 1993 World Professional Figure Skating Championships. Wylie toured with Stars on Ice from 1992 to 1998 and was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on January 25, 2008.