Last edited by Nigel; 06-14-2008 at 10:43 AM.
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.
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!!
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!
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!
Skate America looks to be all about the guys this time... at least on US TV (if it's shown... NBC can't keep ignoring the guys when it comes to international competition. I would think Scott would have the pull to make his part of the sport mroe important... but that's just me being optimistic about sports broadcasting)
I hope Melissa and Denis nab that third spot at Skate America. I can't believe that US Figue Skating didn't just give it to them already. Yes, they missed all of last season, but it they had a great season the year before and they've represented the US very well.
but I was coming back to say that I was hoping they'd get SA
and I'm so happy and excited for Jennifer and Daniil getting two GP assignments!
Weir has an enormous fan base in Japan. I can't imagine he'll be too disappointed to skate for them. It's possible that the Japanese Fed had an earlier pick than the Russian Fed, after USFS took Weir for Skate America. Weir has always been complimentary about the fans from Seattle/Everett at the end of the COI tours. Apart from a no-travel local competition, it's probably the best place for him to skate. Of course, by then it will be raining and dark by 5:30pm, and Seattle isn't quite as beautiful then as it is in June/July.