Keepin' it real
All eyes will be on the Olympic Champion Kim Yuna from South Korea in Torino as she tries to follow up her world record setting performances in Vancouver with a second consecutive World Championships title.
The Bronze Medal is definitely the question since Rochette wont be there. However, there was no mention of Flatt in the Preview who took a beating with those judges in Vancouver. or was it the Tech Panel? We'll see her in Torino skating for that bronze medal also.
The article mentioned Flatt's Olympic URs as if they were a commonplace occurrence. That is NOT true. While Mirai Nagasu has received UR calls last season and this season up until the Olympics, Rachael received NO URs at 2009 Worlds and none in her GP events this season.
At this point, I'd say the bronze will be a three-way fight between Ando, Nagasu, and Flatt, with the outside chance of Suzuki, Lepisto, or Kostner sneaking in there. Alena and Ksenia are good, but I don't think they will get the PCS needed to be up that high. Most likely I think Ando will win the bronze, then after that I'd say Mirai, then Rachael. I just wonder where both Rachael and Mirai have skated so well at their past two competitions in a row, if they will be able to match performances of that calliber here in Torino. I hope so, but it's hard to know. Where Miki was not stellar at Japanese Nats or the Olympics, I'm wondering if she is poised to peak at the right time and skate her best performances of the season here. I guess we'll know soon enough.
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I think it will be Ando or Nagasu for bronze. Flatt will be in there too. Of course, someone could take the silver from Mao. She's not a complete lock.
That's true, especially if she makes mistakes in the SP.
Originally Posted by blue_idealist
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
ITA and have pretty much nothing else to add to Silverlake's assessment
Originally Posted by silverlake22
Except this: It can't have escaped the attention of Rachael and Mirai that they have a very good chance of medaling with Joannie out of the picture. I hope that doesn't knock their focus too much. Probably Lepisto is thinking the same.
Miki would have been disappointed with finishing off the podium with or without Joannie.
Maybe Ando was too much of an afterthought in this preview. I mean, before the Olympics people were talking about her the being the surprise gold medalist if Kim faltered ... Just cuz she faltered at the Olys doesn't mean she should be dismissed as an afterthought behind nagasu and flatt just yet.
Other than that ITA with everything written.
Last edited by Layfan; 03-20-2010 at 10:53 PM.
. Yeah I think Miki being off the radar is a good position for her - I think both she and Oda must have been a little dissapointed with their placements at the Olympics and will really fight for medals here. Also, Miki has a tendency to do well at worlds, so I think she likes this competition.
Originally Posted by Layfan