Last edited by Nigel; 06-14-2008 at 10:43 AM.
Moving up the testing structure
Is it me, or have the seeding processes changed? I thought the top 6 had to be split between one event in the first half and one in the second... but Jeff has both in the first half (as an example).
Yay! Here we go!
Wow, Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu have their work cut out for them in their debuts at Skate America. They face Kim, Nakano and Ando, and also Meissner and long-shot Poykio.
In their second events, it's not quite so formidable: Flatt goes against Kostner and Meier at Cup of Russia, while Nagasu will have to contend with Asada and Nakano at NHK, but has reasonable prospect for a bronze.
Caroline Zhang has better medal prospects (on paper at least). She faces Kostner and Rochette at Skate Canada and Asada and Rochette (also Emily Hughes!) in France, but still could be in the medal hunt in both events.
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
Caroline should get to the GPF again, her events are not that hard, Skate America will be very interesting. I see they have both Evan and Johnny for Skate America. I guess we will have to suffer through more rivalry hype. Also...interesting that Johnny didn't get Cup of Russia. I am sure he is disappointed about that one. Davis and White will probably get second in Skate Canada... after Virtue and Moir. This year, the ladies events will be the best .
at SA ladies lineup. I can't even predict the podium. Any of Nakano, Ando, Kim, Meissner, Flatt, and Nagasu can medal else where. Caroline can definitely make GPF with two silvers or one silver and one gold.
I'm so happy Alissa got SC. It has always been a good event for her. If she medals, which isn't a long shot, I'll be soooooooo happy. Also glad Suguri and Poykio got two assignments.
Mirai also has a descent chance of making GPF. Strong performance at SA will definitely boost her confidence.
I predict Yu-Na, Mao, and Caroline are shoe-in for GPF. Mirai, Rachael, Sarah, Joannie, Yukari, Miki, and Carolina will be fighting for the rest of the spots. Mirai and Rachael are facing tough competitions, but I can see Rachael grabbing gold at CoR.
I'm so excited!!
If Alissa does wel at Skate Canada there is always the possibility of a second event opening up later on (not wishing anyone bad luck.) When Alissa did so well a couple of years ago, with a gold at Skate Canada and a silver at Skate America, if I remember correctly both times she got the chance to compete at the last minute as an alternate when Michelle and Sasha withdrew.
Originally Posted by Wrlmy
I see an undecided spot in CoR, but that might be reserved for a Russian lady. But I can always hope
Originally Posted by Mathman
Ice Dance Obsessee
SA: This is going to be a great competition, I can tell already. But on another note...Johnny vs Evan? Seriously? Why isn't Johnny going to CoR? He did wonderfully there last season. But the US men should do well there-I won't right out predict a podium sweep but it is a possibility. And the ladies event...Wow. Nagasu, Meissner, Flatt vs Nakano, Ando, Kim?? What a show that'll be! As for dance, I am thrilled that the Kerrs will be there. Hopefully NBC will do an interview with them so I can hear John speak again. But silliness aside, B/A will have their work cut out going against D/S (French). S/B will probably debut in the top 4, and I'm hoping that last spot goes to S/G; I love them! In pairs I'm so glad that Y/C got a spot, they have a great future I think. And I can't wait to see M/B vs S/S.
SC: This won't be as detailed...In dance of course I expect V/M to win but the fight for silver will be the highlight of the event. P/B vs D/W; now we find out how valid the placing at Worlds was. Crone/Poirier will probably get 4th.
CoC: Will be a nailbitter. D/S (Russian) vs K/N vs B/A; that is going to be so intense. Throw in C/L and that is probably safe to say will be the top 4.
TEB: I'm looking to see a top 5 of D/S (F), K/K, F/S, C/P, and W/B.
CoR: I expect a podium of D/S (R), K/N, and D/W. C/L could surprise, but at this point I'm not sure. And why do they keep pitting D/S and K/N against each other?
NHK: V/M will probably win, and the other podium spots most likely will go to F/S and P/B. N/B and S/B could probably end up in the top 5, I definitely wouldn't be surprised.
This is going to be a somewhat stressful fall!
Desperate Mouse Killer
Wow, the SA is gonna be very tough! Yuna , Miki, Kimmie Mirai, Rachel
Just five of them are very potential to win the medals in other events!
ISU GP entries announced!
Wow! I have never liked SA that much before. I am going to like this one. I guess that NBC network has made a deal with ISU to hype figure skating on American TV. It's great!
Has ISU changed rules on placing GP assignments? This time, more close competitors from same countries are being put together in the same GP event. The tension will be on from the beginning of the GP event rather than making the highlight at the GP final. I think it's a good thing - to focus more on the viewers, and attract more audiences. But it's not so good for the skaters. Some of the top skaters will have no chance to go to GP final.
Last edited by jennylovskt; 06-15-2008 at 12:14 AM.
It looks like there was some sort of a compromise here. If NBC had their way, Caroline, Mirai and Rachael would all be at Skate America. Now that would be an event to attract viewers.
I would like to see them spread out even more.
Mirai up against YuNa, Nakano, Ando & Mao in both her events... It look like she has the toughest competition out of any US ladies. Does this mean that USFSA has that much confidence in her?
Well Mirai did have the highest overall ladies SP score last season (remind you that she did get dinged for flutzing and did a loop instead of a flip as her solo triple). So I'd feel pretty confident in her IF she starts rotating all of her triples, which I hope she works on.
Originally Posted by Ms.Anthrope
But, wasn't that at the US Nationals where many of the scores were highly inflated & wrong edges/UR were often overlooked?
Originally Posted by HCOSurfer
I would love to see Mirai do well, but I've been hearing that she's having to deal with her growth spurt quite a bit this year.
Last edited by Ms.Anthrope; 06-15-2008 at 06:52 PM.