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    Exciting GP Events - Ladies

    [CENTER]NO PREDICTIONS HERE

    Just HOT CONTESTS[/CENTER]


    America - Kimmie v. Mao

    Canada - Joannie v. Yu na

    China - Elena G v. Bebe

    France - Carolina v. Yu na and Kimmie

    Russia - Elena S v. Alyssa and Kiira

    Japan - the Japanese contingent v. Caroliina and Bebe

    Do you see any other hot contests in the GPs?

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    In America, l'm thinking Miki could put up a fight... at least I hope so!

    In Canada, well, I'll let Seanibu comment on this one.

    In China, I'd LOVE to see it be a battle between Elene & Bebe, but what about Yukari?

    France - Miki again

    Russia - I am wondering if Aki Sawada is going to live up to what a certain site says about her. This will be her 2nd GP senior competition...

    Japan - I'm hoping it will be a Mao-Elene battle. In fact, I'm hoping Elene will be right in there with Mao and Yu Na for about four years.

    But my crystal ball has very weak powers!

    ETA: These are meant as additions to what Joe said - not stand-alone. I.e. I am not calling a Miki victory in Skate Am & France, just predicting she'll be in the fight.
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    I would see these contests as pretty exciting:

    Skate America: Ando - Mao A - Hughes - Meissner

    Skate Canada: Poykio - Suguri - Kim - Czisny

    Cup of China: Gedevanishvili - Sawada - Hughes

    TEB: Poykio - Ando - Kim - Meissner

    Cup of Russia: Korpi - Sawada - Czisny

    NHK: Gedevanishvili - Kostner - Mao A - Suguri

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    America: Mao Asada - Meissner

    Canada: Rochette - Czisny - Kim

    China: Sokolova - Nakano

    France: Kim - Rochette - Meissner

    Russia: Meier - Sokolova - Czisny

    Japan: Mao Asada - Kostner - Nakano

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    Jaana, or others, what do you think of Sawada, and what have you seen?

    I saw a vid on YouTube where she did 4 double axels. It was an exhibition where she was doing a vaguely geisha-like number with some absurd dangly red props (not in the jumps, luckily). After the jumps she picked them up again and ended by hiding behind them - but she was so happy about the jumps that you could see her grinning behind her red circles. Cute. She's an athletic looking type, not my favorite type, but she's likeable - and strong!

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    Hi, Kajsa, thanks for joining us. Velkommen til Golden Skate!

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    Just don't see Elena being competitive. I think her best eligible performances are behind her.

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    Let's hope everyone is there first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waxel View Post
    Just don't see Elena being competitive. I think her best eligible performances are behind her.
    Now Elene is another story. Skating fans will have to mind their a's and e's this season!

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    It's kind of like fresh air without a few usual suspects.

    However, who is Sawada? and why don't I know about her?

    Joe

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    Well, Joe, I would never want to diss a young skater, but anything you don't know is not worth knowing, so Miss Sawada may be in a bind.

    OTOH, this web site (which I think I learned about here) thinks she is the next big thing for Japan.

    http://www.japanskates.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Russia - I am wondering if Aki Sawada is going to live up to what a certain site says about her. This will be her 2nd GP senior competition...
    Since you're referring to a Japanese skaters' FAN site, I'm not surprised there is some normal "hyping" going on there.

    Sawada has had a solid, but not spectacular, junior international career (by recent Japanese female singles standards anyway), and so I wouldn't necessarily assume that she will make a big splash in her Senior Grand Prix debut season. She is scheduled to skate senior in the big Thornhill competition in Canada this weekend -- I'll be interested to see how she fares there.

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    Spun Silver - that site did not say much about her except she will be in the GP.

    I did, however, notice that Mao is being coached by Kwan's coach, Arutunian. Interesting because one doesn't think she needs a jump specialist.

    Joe

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    To piggyback on Sylvia's post, last year Sawada did very well in the junior grand prix. In her first event, Skate Slovakia, she finished second to Yu-na Kim, beating Gedevanishvili, Taylor and Korpi.

    At Skate Japan she won the gold (against a weaker field), and in the junior GP final she again finished second behind Kim but ahead of Xu, Taylor and Gedevanishvili.

    At Japanese senior nationals she took seventh -- which wasn't all that bad, considering that the top six were Suguri, Mao Asada, Arakawa, Onda, Nakano and Ando (!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Jaana, or others, what do you think of Sawada, and what have you seen?
    I saw her short programme and freeskate performance at 2004 Junior Grand Prix final in Helsinki. She did not place well, but I remember having liked her skating along with that of Mao Asada and Yu-Na Kim very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    I did, however, notice that Mao is being coached by Kwan's coach, Arutunian. Interesting because one doesn't think she needs a jump specialist.

    Joe
    I think that a jumping specialist is a very good choice for a growing girl whose body is changing.
    Last edited by Jaana; 08-19-2006 at 01:58 AM.

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