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    I think Brandom could win.
    Not that I like his style neither his jumps (aesthetically saying) but I think Brandom could be a a factor this year. He has some consistency and I think he will hit every element.
    But to win he depends on how Jeremy will skate the LP.
    Jeremy has everything to win, but if he fail on te LP Mroz will rise to the ocasion.
    About Adam I felt like this has been a stagnant season for him. I didn´t see technical improvement this year. Artistcally he is already great. I don´t know, but he seems to me like those great promises that is staying in the promise level and not developing to real successful level.
    Armin for me is entering the promisse level. He is great and his LP is wow!!! Let´s see what he can do at nationals. Could grab a bronze.
    Ryan's performence is pretty much unpredictable. I love his agressive/comic/crowd entertaining style and his jumps are just huge and fierce when he lands them. I agree with what someone posted here before about him. That he has to take this championship more seriously and stop being the "class clown". I really wanted to see him at worlds (also because of his age... Armim or Adam still have some more years to go to worlds).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Not quite right. Ina & Zimmerman won a world bronze in 2002, and were close to an Olympic medal same year. And in 2006, Inoue and Baldwin were 6th at Olympics and 4th at Worlds, which is close to a medal. Since that, alas not much.
    I'm talking about a consistent american team that has a chance to medal everytime they go out and skate. An elite team.

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    I&Z were that, imho.

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    Ina & Zimmerman were not that. The 2002 Worlds which was missing many of the top pairs of that quad who had retired was the only major event they were even considered medal contenders at. They were not medal threats at the 1999 Worlds, 2000 Worlds, 2001 Worlds, or even 2002 Olympics. 2002 was the only year they were a legitimate top 5 pair in the World, the other years they were just a random top 10 pair.

    And Ina & Zimmerman were not really close to an Olympic medal in 2002. Shen & Zhou won the bronze by virtue of getting all 3rd place votes in both the short and long programs, despite not skating their best. Ina & Zimmerman were 5th in the short but lost 4th place in the long by a 5-4 split.

    So they had 1 year only as a sort of top pair who still in no way could even compete with the top 2 or 3 pairs, then retired.
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    In 2002, I&Z were at the level of Mukhortova and Trankov. Always a threat, made GPF multiple times, medaled at 4CC/Euro. Bronze contender at big events. I say that's pretty good. D&B, I&L, and Y&C are all working toward that.

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    After seeing the ladies SP, I predict:

    1.) Rachael-With 7 triples and a higher tech content than the rest of the ladies, plus a great consistency factor, I believe that she can reclaim her title.
    2.) Mirai- Second place again, but not such a bad thing. She's truly a fighter. I expect a few UR calls for her in the LP.
    3.) Alissa- It all boils down to how many triples she will complete out of her planned 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlattFan View Post
    In 2002, I&Z were at the level of Mukhortova and Trankov. Always a threat, made GPF multiple times, medaled at 4CC/Euro. Bronze contender at big events. I say that's pretty good. D&B, I&L, and Y&C are all working toward that.
    The only event I&Z were a bronze contender was the 2002 Worlds after the top 2 pairs pulled out. They were not a bronze contender at the 99 Worlds, 2000 Worlds, 2001 Worlds, or even 2002 Olympics (realistically).

    Yeah I&Z were around the level of M&T in 2002 but M&T were just an up and coming pair who had never come close to a major podium before that season, and didnt really a hope of winning any color medal at the 02 Games (despite finishing a very distant 4th).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilshorty View Post
    After seeing the ladies SP, I predict:

    1.) Rachael-With 7 triples and a higher tech content than the rest of the ladies, plus a great consistency factor, I believe that she can reclaim her title.
    2.) Mirai- Second place again, but not such a bad thing. She's truly a fighter. I expect a few UR calls for her in the LP.
    3.) Alissa- It all boils down to how many triples she will complete out of her planned 5.
    that's probably how it will pan out. I figured if Alissa was clean there was no way she could lose, but her SP didn't receive the huge score I was expecting, but then again i didn't see any of the actual skating. I REALLY hope Mirai can finally hold onto her lead. This is her chance and she still has a lot to prove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinymavy15 View Post
    that's probably how it will pan out. I figured if Alissa was clean there was no way she could lose, but her SP didn't receive the huge score I was expecting, but then again i didn't see any of the actual skating. I REALLY hope Mirai can finally hold onto her lead. This is her chance and she still has a lot to prove.
    Well, I predicted:

    Mirai
    Alissa
    Rachael

    earlier in this thread, and I'm sticking with

    I agree Rachael is in a good position with her 7-triple program but I think Alissa's FS is soooooo beautiful. In the SP, Rachael's choreo really stood out. But Alissa's FS is by far my favorite of the season. So hopefully she'll nail it and with her spins, it might make up for her more conservative jump layout.
    I expect Alissa to receive higher PCS for the FS because
    1. It's an FS.
    2. It's such a gorgeously intricate program and a wonderful vehicle for Alissa.
    3. She was reserved tonight and I'm hoping she won't be tomorrow.

    Rachael's FS - I like it okay but there are parts that I don't so much. She should do something along the lines of East of Eden for both her programs.

    And with Mirai - As Rachael's not planning a 3-3 in her FS I'm not sure their jump layouts are that much different but people can correct me if I'm wrong. And Mirai has better spins which will help the TES score.

    Course, ANYTHING could happen. But that's the way I expect it to pan out if they skate their best or close to it like they did tonight.

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    Alissa was gifted with the 2A underrotation. I thought the reason her score was low was because of that underrotation. Turned out, it wasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlattFan View Post
    Alissa was gifted with the 2A underrotation. I thought the reason her score was low was because of that underrotation. Turned out, it wasn't.
    I wondered about that - I've only read commentary here and not seen anything. As the program was skated everyone commenting seemed to agree that the axel was flawed, but she actually got postive GOE on the jump.

    Looking forward to checking out myself on Saturday

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