The Elite Skaters at Skate America Want Points for the Final!
Here they are the big contestants looking for big points, imo:
Ladies: Kostner, Flatt, Zhang
Men: Takahashi, Oda, Rippon
Pairs: Savcheno/Szolkowy, Sui/Han, Denney/Barrett
Ice Dance: Riazanova/Trachenko, Davis/White, Crone/Poirrier
Enjoy the rivalry with keen eyes.
In ladies, the ones to watch are Lacoste and Murakami. They each have 11 points and need a silver here to have a shot at the finals.
Kostner only needs to finish 4th. Flatt will secure a spot in the finals for sure with 2nd and is probably in with 3rd.
Zhang, with only 4 points in her first event, cannot make the finals no matter what she does here.
That is very true. But this event is still important to Caroline for 3 reasons. She needs a bigger maximum score to ensure 2 GP events next year, she needs a confidence boost going into Nationals, and she has to show the USFSA that she is on an upward spiral.
Originally Posted by Mathman
If Lacoste can land the 3Lo+3Lo clean in the SP, plus the 3Lz, she could surprise a lot of the girls there. She received very high levels on her non-jump elements even last year, a lot of Level 4 on the GP Circuit. My money is on her to succeed Joannie Rochette in Canada should Joannie decides to retire on a de facto basis.
Originally Posted by Mathman
I don't think we can count on Kostner getting 4th or better, she can still bomb way out of the top 4.
This is not a Prediction thread! There is a very good thread about predictions.
This is about who among the contestants are Elite in each Division, and expected to do well.
I read only one additional name in Ladies, that being Lacoste. I will watch her closely, and thank you for mentioning her.
(Regardless of what one thinks of Kostner, she already has 15 points and a 4th place in SA will more than likely bring her to the Finals.)
I think Murakami can skate much better than she did at NHK. If she does I see her with a podium finish and possibly winning.
I don't think Flatt can beat a cleaner Murakami unless she can bring her 3x3's and skate well herself.
That said Murakami is young and I can't try to predict how she will skate - which is for another thread anyway.
I will definitely be watching Caro and think she is experienced enough to produce a top four finish which takes her to the final. Any word on Caro's condition? Is her knee still bothering her?
What's with this sudden thing with the "elite"?
[QUOTE=Ice Dance: Riazanova/Trachenko, Davis/White, Crone/Poirrier
Enjoy the rivalry with keen eyes. [/QUOTE]
Riazanova / Tkacenko elite? Since when?
Just a thought , I would like to include Weaver & Poje in this group, if they do well(2nd or 3rd) and Crone & Poirier do well (2nd or 3rd), both could be off to the final! Yes, I am giving the win to Davis & White!!!
shibutani, riazanova/tkacenko, weaver and pjoe in ice dance
ladies--amelie lacoste and kanako-rachel and kosnter i think will get the points
pairs-shapnir;castelli, denny/barret/, sui han , moore-towers/moskitvitch, russian pair team stoblova and klimov