Curious to see if Agnes and Ashley can improve on her their first GP outings. I think it was nerves for Agnes at Skate Canada but I wonder about Ashley. Maybe her training had just gotten off to a slow start. But I really hate Malaguena for her. I know I said something similar about Carmen for Mirai last year and I came around... but my concerns about Malaguena and Ashley more serious. I think Ashley really loves skating and she has some great qualities but she needs to find a style that makes her stick out from the crowd more.
^^Yeah I'm very disappointed about Ashley's programs this year as well. The recycled OUATIA program isn't bad but I'm just disappointed because it's recycled; and Malaguena didn't excite me either. I do think due to illness Ashley's training the last month or so before the GP hadn't been ideal but we'll have to wait and see how she holds up at RC. She definitely has the scoring potential to medal and possibly even win if Miki makes mistakes. Personally; my gut feeling says Miki has this one in the bag. Akiko is amazing and due to her great musicality her PCS potential is high and she should make the podium if she lands enough jumps. Then of course we have to assume a Russian girl is going to be taking the podium; I see Makarova as more consistent then Leonova; her jumps are cleaner too; Leonova always has a ton of step-outs, fall-outs, two-foots etc. But for some reason the judges like Leonova and her scoring potential is pretty high.
My dream podium:
3. Ksenia or Miki
Last edited by Trewyn; 11-16-2010 at 03:24 AM.
In terms of Akiko's scores, I just meant that looking at the past season, Akiko hasn't put up any monstrous numbers that Ksenia couldn't dream of achieving at this point like someone like Yuna has.
My prediction for the men's:
4-6 would consist of Fernandez, Gachinksi, Hanyu (not necessarily in that order).
My predictions, a mix of actual attempted forecasting and subjective wishing...
1) KAVAGUTI/SMIRNOV - Unless they are still not over the injuries, they aren't really challenged in this field.
2) GERBOLDT/ENBERT - Maybe I'm crazy with this one, as they are a brand new team, but Moskvina is at the helm and Gerboldt is one of the most beautiful women on the ice, which totally counts for scoring. I see her becoming the new Elena Berezhnaya.
3) EVORA/LADWIG - I see them improving on their last outing and taking advantage of a weaker field. I see the Russian audience responding more to their style than Takahashi and Tran's.
1) FAIELLA/SCALI - I know they haven't been all that impressive this GP season, but I think they'll make a come-back here, of sorts.
2) BOBROVA/SOLOVIEV - Solidifying their claim to being Russia's new top team.
3) ILLINYKH/KATSALOPOV - She has diva-star quality written all over her. She could propell this team to a podium finish with nothing more than her sassy attitude.
1) PATRICK CHAN - Obviously the judges like him.
2) JEREMY ABBOTT - Hopefully growing in confidence this season.
3) TOMAS VERNER - I can't imagine anyone else medalling, but never say never.
1) MIKI ANDO - Is she considered semi-Russian now? She lives in Moscow, speaks Russian and is likely destined to be Mrs Morozov number 4. If she lands at least a few jumps, she wins, anyway.
2) AKIKO SUZUKI - I'll bet she misses her SP but comes back strong in the LP. Qualifies for her second straight GPF. Impossible not to love her.
3) ALENA LEONOVA - I, and most people I know/read, prefer Ksenia. But Alena beat her in Finland a few weeks back. Plus she's totally rocking the Slutskaya choreography and embarassing hair/costumes, which Russians may find more comfortably familiar than Ksenia's American-y blond ponytail.
I really want Akiko on the top of this podium.
Kawaguti & Smirnov
Ewora & Ladwig
Takahashi & Tran
Bobrova & Soloviev
Ilinykh & Katsalapov
Faiella & Scali