I have say that my favorite for the gold medal in Miki Ando
He should win based on his attributes, but Chan could too based on similar reasons, and don't forget the posible threat if Plushenko would bring to the mix. Sorry, no hoping or predicting till I see this years' GPs and GPF. I do not have any favorites.
Chan, just be honest and say what's in your mind and skate with your heart!
I wish people get the facts right before writing something that doesn't make sense at all...
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It sounds like you are in fact predicting Joubert for the win, or at least saying he is the most likely to win (not a bad bet!). Either that or you feel Joubert is the overall best skater competing right now and therefore he should win.
If you didn't mean any of those things I have no idea what you're saying.
^ I think Joe is using the word "should" in this sense: Tiger Woods should win the Masters because he hits long off the tee and has a precise short iron game and a sure putting stroke.
In other words, by all the conventional criteria Tiger seems to have a lot going for him, but you never know.
This doesn't mean that a Tiger win is morally right (you should honor your father and your mother), or that Joe necessarily hopes Tiger will win, or even predicts that Tiger will win.
(Well, that's what I think anyway. )
Men: Joubert, Plushenko, Takahashi, Chan
Women: Asada, Kim, Ando, Rochette
Pairs: S/S, K/S, Z/Z, D/D
Dance: D/S, B/A, V/M, K/N
I think Johnny Weir will be back fighting hard with a new determination. I hope Evan continues on strong and adds a quad. I will be anxious to see how Takahashi will rebound from his injury/surgery. Count me in for Mao! I think she is my #1!!!
First off, speedy recovery and resurgence to Nagasu and Meissner. Hopefully they can be in the mix next year.
Flatt should just keep doing what she is doing now and improve herself.
Zhang and Wagner have their work cut out for them, but they can do it.
Czisny, sadly, I have little to no hope in. I don't think she will get the advantage if 2010 Nats turns out to be like the 2009 edition.
The up-and-comers (who I don't really know the names of), should strive to be better but I think they will miss out on 2010. Time to revise for 2014.
IMHO Kim Yu-na's situation right now is like Slutskaya's after the 2005 World Championship. She is so far out ahead of everyone that we might as well give her the gold medal now.
But, like Slutskaya, that aura of invincibility is hard to sustain for a whole year. Kim's absolute peak came with her astonishing short program. Two days later, for the long, I think she got a lot of "momentum points" from the judges.
I hope she will approach next season as if she is starting over at the bottom of the hill, planning to crest the summit in February. The season is just too draining otherwise.
I think Mao Asada will come out with a program next season that allows her to breathe and take her time with her elements. This year, her LP was so unrelenting it is no wonder that she was struggling to keep her head above water. Mrs. Taravova pretty much admitted that she was pushing Mao to the limit in this non-Olympic season, so she can sparkle all the brighter next year.
I look at Mao's 2008-09 season as training with weights on your ankles. Next season she will take them off, back off the frenetic pace, and hit every element with ease.
(My predicted podium: Rochette, Ando, Zhang. )
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Maybe you should take your own advice sometimes.