What do you think will be the main battles for medals or titles in skating this year. Here are mine:
Pang & Tong vs Savchenko & Szolkowy for Pairs Gold. I think these will be the main 2 battling for the Grand Prix final and World golds in Pairs agin. Kavaguti & Smirnov could also threaten for gold if she recovers from her injury but they have been so inconsistent in their careers up to now.
Battle for Canadian Pairs title- This will be a dogfight with Dube & Davison likely out.
Battle for U.S Pairs title- Another dogfight I predict.
Battle for Russian World team spots- There are currently 4 strong teams that will be vying for only 3 spots.
Takahashi vs Chan for Mens Gold. These are really the only 2 skaters I can see contending for the World title this year. Being in Japan it will be Takahashi who has the advantage if both skate their best, and Chan seems the more likely of the two to miss jumps as well.
U.S title battle- Nagasu vs Flatt vs Czisny vs Wagner vs Zawadski. This will be great.
Battle for World title- Who knows who is even in this now. I am thinking by March it will be Kim, Rochette making a return to skate at Worlds and bid for the World title which appears open this year, and 1 of Asada or Nagasu recovered enough to threaten for gold.
European title battle- I predict without Domnina & Shabalin this will be exciting although Faiella & Scali look like the early favorites.