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Friday, March 16, 2007

A MATTER OF OPINION

According to this article in The Grand Rapids Press:

Alexei Yagudin is the most decorated man in the history of figure skating.

I am not quite sure where that accolade comes from. Yagudin is a three-time European, four-time World and one-time Olympic champion.

How does that trump Dick Button's five World Championships and two Olympic medals? Not to mention that Dick was also a European champion back in the days when Americans could participate, and Dick won seven national championships, while Yagudin never won the Russian Nationals.

More recently, Scott Hamilton has the same number of World and Olympic titles as Yagudin, plus four U.S. titles. (And you can't really blame him for not winning the Europeans).

Plus, I've always been partial to Todd Eldredge's collection of Novice, Junior and Senior National medals, plus the World Junior and the World Senior Championships.

So I'll put it to you -- who do you think the most decorated man in the history of figure skating really is?
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2 Comments:

  • At March 18, 2007 11:05 PM, Anonymous said…

    Wasn't it Yagudin who was an 'item' at least for awhile with Katarina Gordeeva? (the one with the little girl?)

     
  • At March 22, 2007 7:04 AM, Alina said…

    Do you mean Ilia Kulik, the 1998 Olympic Men's Champion? He and Gordeeva are now married and have a daughter of their own, in addition to Katya's daughter with the late Sergei Grinkov.

     

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