Okay, I had to start a "Predictions" thread. I love to read them after the competitions are over and see how far off (or right on) we were!
Ladies: This could be quite close. Michelle seems to be in her "zone" around January-March, and competing this early in the season has never brought out the best. I expect to see her skate a good program, but no rousing "bring down the house" performance. I'll be excited to see her new programs however it turns out. Irina usually performs very well (I think 2 of her best performances ever were 01 GWG in Sept, she was great!). Sasha is a big question mark. If she can skate cleanly it could also be her night. Even if Anne-Patrice is perfect I don't imagine the judges will be ready to give her the marks she deserves just yet.
My pick for Gold: Sasha Cohen
Men: WOW....nearly too close to call. I'd have to say Alexei anyday. But he's coming off of an injury and a season of sitting on the sidelines. I don't expect him to be at his best. I think Plushenko will be ready.
My pick for Gold: Evgeny Plushenko