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The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time

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List RulesThe 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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    Age26

    BirthplaceSendai, Japan

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    Age30

    BirthplaceMadrid, 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.

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    Age38

    BirthplaceSolnechny 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

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    Age59

    BirthplaceBelleville, 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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    Age41

    BirthplaceSaint 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

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    Dick Button

    United States of America

    Age92

    BirthplaceEnglewood, New Jersey, USA

    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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    Scott Moir

    Canada

    Age33

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    Scott Patrick Moir (born September 2, 1987) is a Canadian ice dancer. With ice dance partner Tessa Virtue, he is the 2010 Olympic champion, the 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World champion(2010, 2012, 2017), a three-time Four Continents champion (2008, 2012, 2017), the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final champion, an eight-time Canadian national champion (2008–2010, 2012–2014, 2017–2018), and the 2006 World Junior champion. Moir and Virtue are also the 2018 Olympic gold medalists in the team event and the 2014 Olympic silver medalists in the team event. They are the most decorated Canadian ice dance team of all time and the most decorated Olympic figure skaters of all time.

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    Age36

    BirthplaceMartigny, 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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    Robin Cousins

    United Kingdom

    Age63

    BirthplaceBristol, 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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    Age38

    BirthplaceSmooth Rock Falls, 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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    John Curry

    United Kingdom

    AgeDec. at 44 (1949-1994)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, 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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    Scott Hamilton

    United States of America

    Age62

    BirthplaceBowling Green, Ohio, 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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    Age55

    BirthplaceAlberta, 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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    Brian Boitano

    United States of America

    Age57

    BirthplaceMountain View, California, 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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    Age34

    BirthplaceTakatsuki, Japan

    Nobunari Oda claimed the top spot at both the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships (2006) and the Japan Figure Skating Championships (2008).
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    Elvis Stojko

    Canada

    Age49

    BirthplaceNewmarket, 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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    AgeDec. at 71 (1877-1949)

    BirthplaceStockholm, 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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    Age72

    BirthplaceHamilton, 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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    Age44

    BirthplaceRussia, Moscow

    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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    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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    Terry Kubicka

    United States of America

    Age65

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Terry Kubicka, in 1976, competed in the Winter Olympic Games and won the gold medal at the U. S. Figure Skating Championships.
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    Age49

    BirthplaceFrance, Courbevoie

    Philippe Candeloro, at the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics, won the gold medal; he represented France.
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    Paul Wylie

    United States of America

    Age56

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, USA

    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.

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    Daniel Hollander

    Daniel Hollander managed to win two bronze medals at the U. S. Figure Skating Championships before becoming injured and being forced to leave competitive figure skating.
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    Li Chengjiang

    Li Chengjiang competed but didn’t medal in the Olympics twice; he did take top spot at the Chinese Figure Skating Championships six times, however.