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1) Mao Asada
2) Mirai Nagasu
3) Miki Ando
1) Daisuke Takahashi
2) Patrick Chan
3) Brian Joubert
(Yes, the same..)
1) Savchenko & Szolkowy
2) Pang & Tong
3) Kavaguti & Smirnov
1) Davis & White (V&M retire)
2) Faiella & Scali
3) Pechalat & Bourzat
if pang and tong are staying, i think they will be on top of the podium again.
What if Patrick Chan actually does learn a quad and skated clean-He could beat Takahashi-I thought Chan would win this year but he was mucho sloppy on jumps while Takahashi was not.
Aggressively wishful thinking.
Originally Posted by aftertherain
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I think if Patrick Chan does a clean quad and Daisuke Takahashi doesn't, Patrick Chan will win, but if both do clean quads, Takahashi will still win. Patrick's transitions, spins, artistry etc. are good but Takahashi is still slightly above, imo.
Originally Posted by gmyers
I wish Chan the best with the quad but I think he's going to have trouble with it. Jumping is not his real strength at all.
looking for fresh blood
I'm going to take a stab at the top 6 for both men and ladies.
5. Ando (if she doesn't retire)
Because of China's sports system, the government supports all athletes. Therefore, the bureaucracy requires Pang and Tong to stay. In China's major media, Pang and Tong confirmed that they will stay, though Pang has problem with her leg muscle. According to her, the muscle of her landing leg frequently got numb as stone when under stress. Tong had to help her massage before the World to make sure she could go.
Originally Posted by CPWest
Yao Bin, the coach, definitely required his pupils to stay in this sport right after Pang and Tong got their Olympic silver.
However, the pairs remains unclear for the 2011. It really depends on each pair's condition.
Lot of hype for Murakami. She's adorable but I'm not convinced she'll do so well in the senior ranks as early as next year, normally it takes a while to build up PCS and reputation. She has a lot of potential for sure but is still very immature, she looks like she's 10 years old and that most likely means low PCS at senior competitions. We'll have to see how she handles puberty.
Originally Posted by bethissoawesome
Too early for me to make predictions, as one does not know which skaters will participate (= coming back for the next season). My guess is though, that Japanese skaters may not do as well as they may hope, because of the huge pressure, media expectations, etc. The competition IS in Japan, right?
The last time Worlds were in Japan, the country got three medals, including one gold and two silver. Let's hope the Japanese do just as well next year!
Originally Posted by Jaana
A little early for me to make predictions, as the off-season just started. Maybe when the new season begins--at least then we will really know who will skate and who will not. Now if the question had been "Who are on your dream 2011 podium?" I'd be able to answer.
Even P/T retire, China still has the Zhangs. They may not beat the Germens, but still capable of beating the russian teams. Just need to bring a little more artistry into their programs, and I am sure they will work on it.
Remember how P/T had been dinging for underrotation and crappy PCS mark 2 seasons ago. Zhangs are imo technically stronger the P/T, just need to improve on the second mark.
Yes, that was great! On the other hand many things have changed since then and because of it I´d suppose there will be even more expectations and media-circus now... How come Japan is having the Worlds AGAIN????
Originally Posted by MikiAndoFan#1
Last edited by Jaana; 04-01-2010 at 01:23 PM.
It's not that surprising. The ISU tries to avoid having it more than twice in a row on the same continent (and that continent is always Europe, due to the number of member states), so that leaves a half dozen countries that could realistically host it (Canada, USA, China, Japan, S. Korea.. okay, only five. Am I missing one?). The United States had it 2009, I don't think Canada would've bid for it so soon after the Olympics (though I expect 2013 to go to a Canadian city), S. Korea hadn't hosted 4CC yet (a test, imo). So that leaves China and Japan. China.... I don't know why they haven't got it yet. They're the other country I expect to get it soon, especially after the success of the Beijing Olympics. Japan has the facilities, the money, the support in the country. The ISU knows that if it goes to Japan, it'll sell out and make tonnes of money.
It's so easy to predict when you are not accountable for the results.