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    Campbells Challenge 15 October

    Coming soon to a TV set at 1-3 pm on 15 October
    Hopes Only - No Predictions:

    The Ladies Podium

    The Mens Podium

    The Pairs

    The Dance

    Which Team will go home Victorious: Canada; Japan; US???

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    Will there even BE a podium?? I thought it was a head-to-head team competition...in other words, we only have to choose between the US and Japan (and Canada in the pairs event, I think??)

    ETA: just saw the note on the bottom. I think that's really the only question we can answer. I'd like the US to win but I'd maybe give the edge to team Japan (I'm not sure about the other Asada but I think Mao will be more ready than ever).

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    If they match up head to head, it will probably be Miki against Sasha and Mao versus Kimmie, with Mai Asada paired up with Emily Hughes. I would assume that the judges will try to keep it close in terms of point totals so as not to embarrass anyone.

    I think Miki will have the edge over Sasha in IJS judging for the reason that Miki has been training hard already for the new season while Sasha has opted out of early season competition and has probably not even started working on a new competitive program yet.

    Kimmie versus Mao, wow, I don't know. If we see Kimmie like she was at Worlds and Mao like she was at the GP Final it will be a show to remember!

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    Good rationale, MM.

    Which country wins the 'soup' pot will almost be imiterial while watching Kimmie v. Mao. I tell ya, it's the Biggest Event of the New Century
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    And don't forget the gentlemen!

    I have no idea how this will turn out. If they match Weir against Takahashi and Lysacek against Oda (or the other way around), both contests could go either way. After Lambiel, Joubert and maybe Buttle, these four should be among the top contenders for the world podium this year.

    It may all come down to who can bring a quad.

    The last match will be interesting, too. I don't know much about the third Japanese man, Kensuke Nakaniwa. Actually, I kind of expected that Japan would send world junior champion Takahiko Kozuka instead, but I like this match much better.

    In fact, just from his bio, Nakaniwa seems like the exact image of Scott Smith. Both are 25, both have worked their way slowly but surely up the ladder in their National Championships, and both finished third at their 2006 Nationals.

    The highest finish in major international competition seems to be in last years Four Continents. Scott Smith got fifth and Nakaniwa got sixth!

    All of the matches could be nail-biters and in terms of point totals ($120,000 is at stake for the winning team, ladies and men combined), it could come down to Mai Asada and Emily Hughes.

    Going strictly by the numbers, Emily should have the edge. Emily scored 160.75 points in Turin and a whopping 184.75 at worlds last year.

    Mai Asada's best, according to the ISU statistics, is 141.65 at Four Continents.

    But Mai is a very pretty and graceful skater and she might prevail on the strength of the second mark if Emily misses some of her jumps.

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    I think it's very telling it's the skating offseason if there's this much buzz generation about a little so-called "cheesefest"

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    Well, I don't know whether me going on and on counts as "buzz" , but I do think that this competition is a breath of fresh air.

    The most interesting thing to be said about Campbell's last year was that Michelle didn't skate, as the other usual suspects (Sasha, Shizuka, etc.) went though the motions with obviously bigger things on their minds.

    The most noteworthy thing about the December Marshalls was that Michelle couldn't skate, but everyone voted for her anyway for old time's sake. And the third cheesefest was an exhibition where the only remotely interesting thing that happened was they couldn't show Michelle's perfromance because of a wardrobe malfunction.

    A new broom sweeps clean! I bet the competitors in the 2006 Campbell's (especially the ladies) will really be out there strutting their stuff and trying to get a jump on each other for the new season.

    In fact, the ladies' matchups are a dry run for Skate America. Just substitute Katy Taylor for Sasha and we have the exact same group of ladies battling it out for the three spots on the Skate America podium.

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    yeah. In fact I think Taylor or someone else should have gone instead of Cohen because we really need some new blood in here. Besides Cohen is only going to do some recycled program while everyone else has something fresh and new (anyone know whether the skaters are doing shorts, frees or gala pieces?)

    I wonder if this is the last year of these kinds of events because I don't know if they would be popular on ESPN.

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    According to the announcement from USFS, each skater will perform "either a competitive long program or a competitive short program."

    Since the winning team is determined by point totals, I assume that the teams will get together and decide who will do what, to make it even.

    About ESPN, it is conceivable that the cheesefests will still be shown on ABC as "entertainment" rather than "sports." I assume that ABC will show most anything if the sponsors put up enough money.

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    ok, so I suppose each skater has their personal choice of which one they want to do, or does it have to be one short and one long per team?

    I bet anyone anything they like that if Cohen shows up she's doing her Short. It's her strength anyway.

    I think what is shown on what TV network has to do with contract stuff. Has the new US skating network been finalized yet?

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    Have Cohen and Weir do shorts, that would be my vote anyways. Kimmie and Evan should definitly do longs. Emily should probably do a short. I don't really know enough about Scott Smith (just last year 4CC, so I don't know which is his strength)

    This is really just my opinion on which of the two programs they seem to excel in, not what will actually happen. Cohen, Weir, and Hughes usually place better in the short programs. Lysacek and Meissner usually pull it out in the long.

    I would think that, in order to be fair. Each team would have to have the same amount of men doing LPs and the same amount of men doing SPs as well as the same amount of ladies doing LPs and the same amount of ladies doing SPs.

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    It'll be Cohen v. Meissner with Asada breaking up the rivalry.

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    Actually in context of the season about to begin it's Meissner vs. Asada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theatregirl1122 View Post
    Have Cohen and Weir do shorts, that would be my vote anyways. Kimmie and Evan should definitly do longs....
    ITA, especially Sasha. If she does a short program she will only have to do three jumps and she can still score well on her spins, spirals and moves in the field.

    As Peggy Fleming says, "Sasha doesn't just portray Dark Eyes, she becomes DarkEyes."

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    I do think Dark Eyes will win the competition. It's an excellent choreographed program and not difficult for Sasha to WOW everyone.

    I don't normally predict cheesefests, but this seems obvious.

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