Pairs

1. S & Z
2. S & S
3. K & S

I'm really rooting for S & Z!


Men

1. Plushenko
2. Abbott
3. Lysacek

What an amazing event this will be! I think Plushenko will win. I just don't think anyone else can match his mental toughness, jump consistency, and, most importantly, quad/triple combination. I know he doesn't match up to some of the other guys in terms of difficult transitions and complex choreography. However, he has, in spades, what some of the other men lack: Sheer, undeniable charisma. That "you-can't-take-your-eyes-off-him" quality. I'm predicting Abbott & Lysacek for the other two spots, but really it could also be any of the following: Lambiel, Oda, Takahashi, Joubert, Weir, Chan, Kozuka. I would love to see Johnny Weir end his career with an Olympic medal and am personally rooting for him, but doubt it will happen.


Dance

1. Davis & White
2. Virtue & Moir
3. Belbin & Agosto

I'm so looking forward to this competition. What an event. If the competition is judged fairly, Davis & White should win. Their OD and FD are both spectactular dances. Their speed, skill, and difficulty are absolutely the best in the field in my opinion. I know many people think Virtue & Moir are as good as or better than Meryl & Charlie, but I just simply disagree. To me, Scott & Tessa are slower, they are less well matched physically, their programs are less inventive and dynamic, and I also feel that Tessa's posture and flexibility through her back is not as good as Meryl's. (I'm sure I will be denounced vehemently by V/M fans for saying this. It is just my opinion.) I would love to see Tanith & Ben win bronze. I honestly think their dances this year are very solid and well delivered. In another year, against weaker competition, they might have won; but I just don't think they can match the difficulty of D/W and V/M. This podium is what I believe I should happen, but of course there is always the chance that politics will rear its ugly head, as it did last year at Worlds, and we could see Dom/Shab or Del/Schoes on or at the top of the podium. I think both of the top European teams are extremely talented, but let's face it, neither is at the top of their game at this point.


Ladies

1. Asada
2. Kim
3. Flatt

I feel like this event is the hardest to predict. Also, to be honest, I'm the least interested in it. None of the ladies has had an outstanding season, and none of them really has the complete package that I like to see in a ladies' champion. Despite all the hype about Yu-Na Kim, I just don't find her all that amazing. Yes, she has nice programs, great speed, and good presentation. However, her spins are nothing special, and she can only consistently land 3 triple jumps: Lutz, Salchow, and toe. Plus, of course, she's facing so much pressure. Yu-Na is absolutely the strong favorite, yet I also feel she's very beatable, if someone else can just manage to put together two clean programs (which seems extremely difficult for the ladies these days).