The pairs event at Nationals is a really interesting one. The top 3 of last year Castile/Okolski, Inoue/Baldwin, Nari Nam/Leftheris, have all been out with injury this year. Evora/Ladwig, Vise/Trent, and McLaughlin/Brubaker have all competed on the GP circuit pretty well, McLaughlin/Brubaker obviously the best of any of them. I think the U.S has 2 spots to worlds this year. McLaughlin/Brubaker could win the whole thing and not be eligible this year, which is a break for the others.