Shen/Zhao* (thank you for coming back)
Savchenko/Szolkowy (do new interesting programmes as you always do. First time in olympics; good luck)
Pang/Tong (show me your technical and performing abilities when you are at your best)
Volosochar/Morozov (do it clean, now or never...I want a medal for you)
James/Bonheur (I am sure you are better than last season...just go for it)
Joannie (A bit more self-esteem and you will do great. I want gold for you)
Caro K (believe in yourself)
Miki (wow, after watching that ex in Dreams on Ice you are almost my favorite. Skate like that in olympics)
Mao (do excellent 3-axels and relaxe)
Leonova (do your happy skating even better than last season. I really want you to surprise me)
(No nail biting for Yu-na*, she will do fine anyway)
Kerrs (my favorites)
Pechalat/Bourzat (also my favorites)
IMO the whole men's FS competition will be nailbiting and the most exciting, unpredictable, fantastic, entertaining, shocking(?) event in Vancouver.
I will be extra nervous watching these:
Jeremy (pleeeease do well with your great music choices)
Johnny (continue beeing cool, take care of yourself and do the skates of your life)
Oda* (learn the rules properly and be funny)
Verner (entertain and show us your technical skills that you master)
Joubert (have a nice, fun training with D/S and perform well in OG. I am curious)
Those who I'll be biting my nails for?
Joannie Rochette: Does she bow to the pressure or let it invigorate her? We've seen both in these past seasons and while I'm hoping it invigorates her (and I think her performance at worlds is provides some reason that it could), but it could go either way.
Fumie Suguri: Is it pretty much taken as definitive that the Japanese team will be Nakano, Asada and Ando? While I quite like her as a skater, I sorta feel similarly to her as I do to Cohen. I can't really imagine her cracking the top five (which would be an achievement) and I genuinely wonder what they get out of going to the Olympics, outside the thrill of competing at the Games (which is not inconsiderable). Anyway, I'm definitely rooting for her to make the Olympic team (though it's unlikely) because I've always enjoyed watching her (over Ando, though I'm warming to her now).
Carolina Kostner: Oh, I want her to comeback from Worlds. While I don't think a medal's in the future, I'm really hoping she delivers a performance that wipes her free skate from memory. I know she tends to be a short program performer, but I'm craving a lights-out long.
Daisuke Takahashi: I'm worried he pushes too hard and reinjures himself. I don't know the ins and outs of his injury, so I might be worrying over nothing, but whatever. He's the closest thing to my favourite male skater currently going (I like Chan quite a bit too) and I want him to do well at the Olympics. But I'd rather make sure he stayed healthy and did well in 2011 at home (if I can't have both).
I'm also hoping that in all four events we get "gold medal" performances. Not like pairs in 2008. I don't necessarily mean winning both/all portions of the skate, but great skates nonetheless.
It will actually be their second Olympics...They were 6th in 2006. Of course, it's a little different now because they will be going in as the favorites, but I think they can handle it. If not, at least one of the Chinese pairs will probably be ready to step in there and take gold.Savchenko/Szolkowy (do new interesting programmes as you always do. First time in olympics; good luck)
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Savchenko/Swoklowy(SP i know.....)
Evengi(as much as I don't like him...)
Who will I be nervous for?
Evan. (my stomach always turns over when he skates. at worlds I could barely stand the nerves.)
Johnny. (so unpredictable).
Brian. (He needs someone to root for him).
Sasha (need I say why?)
Caroline (i never really get nervous for her...becuase she never seems nervous, but she never skated on olympic rings either).
Tanith and Ben ( will be a nervous wreck).
Davis and White ( them).
S&S (can they ever be clean?)
Shen and Zhao (my sentimental favorites).
My choices for front runners are:
Patrick Chan, Joannie Rochette, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue and either Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison or Meagan Duhamel / Craig Buntin.
There! Of course they are all Canadian skaters, but the Olympics are being held here in my hometown. Makes sense to me...
I couldn't choose just one for possible OMG.
1. Kim *
2. Rochette *
i think that the men's competition will keep me on the edge of my seat. I can't even pick a favorite because it's really anyone's medal at this point. I think dance will be exciting as well...another one that's up for grabs.
For me, there is not much change since Worlds 2009. I am hoping that the GP events and final will give us more clearer soothsaying for the Olys..
06: Everyone thought it would be Slutskaya who might have to fight Cohen for gold, but Arakawa won
02: It was supposed to be a Kwan vs Slutskaya match and Hughs won
98: This time the favourite (Kwan) didn't win, but the second favourite did.
I agree that ice-dancing may more or less be decided (at least for gold, although there are two main competitors). However, it's difficult to know who the top 5 will be.