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Thread: Your HOPES for the Grand Prix Final Podium

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    I hope that at least one US skater/team makes the final in each discipline, that at least two of them win medals, and that none of them finish last. That's about as specific as I care to get.

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    My podium hopes for the Final are (in this order):

    Men: Sandhu, Joubert, Lambiel

    Women: Asada, Rochette, Gedevanishvili

    Pairs: Shen/Zhao, Pang/Tong, Marcoux/Buntin

    Dance: Dubreuil/Lauzon, Denkova/Staviski, Drobiazko/Vanagas

    A girl can dream can't she?!?!

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    Ladies: Alissa Czisny, Bebe Liang, Tugba Karademir
    Men: Evan Lysacek, Nobunari Oda, Jeff Buttle
    Pairs: Inoue/Baldwin, Nari Nam/Leftheris, Vlassov/Meekins
    Dance: Belbin/Agosto, Dubreuil/Lauzon, Davis/White



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    Thanks for posting Diva Des, and welcome to the forum!

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    I want the Kerrs to make it in dance and Vlassov/Meekins and Zagorska/Siudek o make it in pairs!

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    Well, since Tugba only has 1 GP event, the chances of her getting to the final are slim to none. Gotta love her though!

    Ladies: Alisa, Carolina, Kimmie
    Men: Stephane, Evan, Johnny
    Pairs: Inoue/Baldwin, S/S, Zigorska/Shuidek
    Dance: Drobiasko/Vanagas, Dubreil/Lauzon, Tanith & Ben

    Sorry for any spelling errors! BTW, does anyone know if Nam/Leftiris have a GP event? What about Shen and Zao?

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    Okay, I cheated a little...

    Men- Weir, Lambiel, Joubert, (Buttle, Mabee)
    Ladies- Rochette, Mao Asada, Miessner, (Czissny, Liang)
    Pairs- Shen & Zhao, Marcoux & Buntin, Dube & Davison, (Nari Nam & Leftharis)
    Dance- Drobiazko & Vanagas, Kerr & Kerr, Dubreuil & Lauzon, (Davis & White)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arianne
    Well, since Tugba only has 1 GP event, the chances of her getting to the final are slim to none. Gotta love her though!

    Ladies: Alisa, Carolina, Kimmie
    Men: Stephane, Evan, Johnny
    Pairs: Inoue/Baldwin, S/S, Zigorska/Shuidek
    Dance: Drobiasko/Vanagas, Dubreil/Lauzon, Tanith & Ben

    Sorry for any spelling errors! BTW, does anyone know if Nam/Leftiris have a GP event? What about Shen and Zao?
    NNN/Themi have one event, Skate America, and Shen and Zhao have two - I forget which!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arianne
    Well, since Tugba only has 1 GP event, the chances of her getting to the final are slim to none. Gotta love her though!
    ...

    Sorry for any spelling errors! BTW, does anyone know if Nam/Leftiris have a GP event? What about Shen and Zao?
    Nam and partner are scheduled to do SA. Furthermore, skaters have qualified for the GPF by doing one event before -- Plushy did it, and so did MK -- so I suppose that Tugba could do it also (especially if the ISU realized what a draw she could be)

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    There's a new points scheme this year:

    1st-15pts
    2nd-13pts
    3rd-11pts
    4th-9pts
    5th-7pts
    6th-5pts
    7th-4pts
    8th-3pts

    I think these changes make it less likely that a skater/team will participate in and win one event and qualify, although if there are multiple withdrawals, that is still possible. First, there is no longer a three-point spread between 1st and 2nd. Second, any skater/team with a 4th and 5th, or 3rd and 6th, or anything higher would qualify over a skater/team that had one victory.

    Shen/Zhao are invited to Cup of China and NHK.

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    Men - Joubert, Buttle, Lysacek
    Ladies - Meissner, Suguri, Rochette
    Pairs - Shen/Zhao, Zagorska/Siudek, Nari Nam/Leftheris
    Dance - Delobel/Schoenfelder, Belbin/Agosto, Dubreuil/Lauzon

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    Well, since we are HOPING:

    Ladies: Kim, Asada, and Liang
    Men: Weir, Sandhu, and Takahashi
    no particular hopes re pairs, dance exc for NNN/Lefty


    ETA: Attyfan, do you seriously think that Tugba would be a draw or was that an in-joke?

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    Ladies: Miki, Mao, Fumie. Not necessarily in that order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver

    ETA: Attyfan, do you seriously think that Tugba would be a draw or was that an in-joke?
    I know you didn't ask me but I too - providing there was no joke intended - think she could be a big draw. Coming from the background she does and how "daring" it is for her to be in the sport of tiny outfits and ice. The human interest factor is really big with her. It is rather remarkable how good she really is and that her passion for the sport has put aside the cultural barrier. So more from the "just cool that.." factor she has a lot of interest. JMO

    Hope I didn't step on any toes there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaniBu
    I know you didn't ask me but I too - providing there was no joke intended - think she could be a big draw. Coming from the background she does and how "daring" it is for her to be in the sport of tiny outfits and ice. The human interest factor is really big with her. It is rather remarkable how good she really is and that her passion for the sport has put aside the cultural barrier. So more from the "just cool that.." factor she has a lot of interest. JMO

    Hope I didn't step on any toes there.
    My first impression of Tugba was a "less-talented J-Ro look-alike". Without the fairy tale background (which I didn't get to see until digging up Youtube, out of curiosity over the hassle) she just seems like a sweet girl, but nothing "daring" nor fascinating. The western media frequenty portray Turkish women as secluded and oppressed. But the last time I visited the country, I could see more women in tanktops (smoking cigarettes at beach cafes) than those wearing hijabs. I guess it's just the fact that I don't like personal factors overshadowing the actual performance. Why should the audience have to care how much Katy Taylor has to save towards her pink hummer?

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