I agree with you as well. Most liekly France won't retain the 3 spots, and that is sad if a strong team like C / J won't be able to participate at the Olympics should Del / Sch return healthy next year, but to make bold prediction regarding how the teams will place in the end is like playing roulette. There is no certainty how the 3 iinjured teams Dom / Sha, Bel / Ago and Vir / Moi will show up and if they will be skating as well as they were when they were injury free and regarding the rest of the top teams, they are quite tightly bunched as far as capability.
Originally Posted by Buttercup
About Pechalat / Bourzat, they got better every time they skated this season and despite their FD was scored as well as 2nd at the Europeans, there is still room for improvement as Nathalie said in an article after the euros:
"Obviously, we need to change every element that did not get a Level 4. So we changed our combined lift in the free dance, which got a Level 2, and one of our step sequences. Nowadays, you need to be completely sure that your elements all get a Level 4. In fact, it may be rather detrimental to ice dancing and to creativity as a whole. "
Also, the protocols are not as carved in stone in ice dance as they used to be, so you never know what kind of surprises you may see.
So, in other words, this event is unpredictable imo.
Loving pairs, dance and figure skating
I'm glad they'll be changing their FD. The Pink Floyd one was good, but they'll likely come up with something even better for the Olympics. I love their Carnival of Venice program from the previous Games!
Originally Posted by rosee
Such a pity they had to withdraw. They really did have such a great chance to defend their title too!
Wicked Yankee Girl
This is too, too sad.
Everything is so jumbled in dance, with so many injuries, that I can only stand and watch.
I would definitely not make any predictions.
I hope all 10 babies are either yours or related to you.
Originally Posted by 1795
pour atteindre l'inaccessible étoile!
understand sarcasm and satire
Originally Posted by all that
It's a pity they have to withdraw, but perhaps Delobel will avoid a Shabalin-type situation next year when she's recovered properly.
I was looking forward to a Pink Floyd smackdown at Worlds this year, but I suppose this is for the best.
Sad, I think that gold title would have made them more of gold in the Olys.
As for three teams: I can see (or am I hoping?) - Pechalat/Borzaut as podium 3rd and Carron/Jost as top 10, probable 10th. It adds up for three in Vancouver.
Throwing tomatoes at corrupt judges
That would be a miracle.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
P/B didn't even make the podium at Euros, being passed by the Kerrs, K/N and F/S. When you add in DomShabs, B/A, V/M and D/W, that could push P/B down 4 more places. Carron/Jost were 6th at Euros, and adding in the same top skaters plus possibly Samuelson/Bates would put them out of the top 10.