The hardest to predict is the ladies. My top four is basically based on if they all go clean but any of them can win/medal or be left off the team/podium....lets see who stands up.
Thanks! I thought it couldn't hurt to post the whole thing!
Originally Posted by Mathman
I've been watching the Nov. and Jr. like a hawk this year.
The Future Mrs. Evan Lysacek
5. Brandon Mroz
1. Yankowskas/ Coughlin
2. Denney/ Barrett
3. Evora/ Ladwig
4. Marley/ Brubaker
5. Zhang/ Toth
1. Davis/ White
2. Shibutani/ Shibutani
3. Chock/ Zuherlin
4. Hubbell/ Hubbell
5. Kriengkrairut/ Giulietti-Schmitt
1. Yankowskas & Coughlin
2. Evora & Ladwig
3. Denney & Barrett
4. Castelli & Shnapir
5. Marley & Brubaker
1. Davis & White
3. Chock & Zuerlin
Tripping on the Podium
Hmmm... I'm surprised at some of these predictions...
Ladies - I think the top 4 is between Cziny, Flatt, Nagasu and Wagner. It could go any way. I'm not sure I understand the hype about Gao and Zawadski. I've seen both skate and I'm not that impressed. Sorry.
Men - I think Abbott is a shoe-in with Morz possibly second. As for Rippon and Mabanoozadeh, both have a history of great SP that set them up for medals but then bomb in the LP. Bradley is an unknown at this point. If he's on, he could win the entire thing.
Dance - White/Davis for sure with Shibs second. Chock/Zuerlein for third though, I'm tempted to go with the Hubbles (sp) and/or Samuelson & Bates for that third spot. (weren't S/B and H/H injured? Even so, both are good teams and might surprise folks). I remember seeing Kriengkrairut/Giulietti-Schmitt and they could be contenders for that 4th place spot.
I don't really follow pairs anymore...so many changes in partners I loose track!
It's always informative to read other's reasoning behind predictions.
Originally Posted by dwiggin3
I don't know much about technical aspects of skating - one of the reasons why I enjoy reading/participating in this forum so I can learn. So my predictions have a lot to do with emotional/psychological aspects of skating - something that I know a little.
The reason why I placed Agnes the 4th is the fact that some "debutantes" tend to do better, e.g., Christina Gao's 5th placement at the last year's Nationals. Just like Alex Shibutani mentioned throughout this season, his team having done surprising well might have something to do with "having nothing to lose." In other words, no expectation, no pressure. Agnes appeared to have brought the same attitude to her Sr. GP debut.
Gao appeared to have the same attitude the last year at the Sr. Nationals; this year she seems to have feeling pressured.
Beyond that, I see none of the current crop of top US ladies having psychological fortitude that we see in true champions such as Michelle or Yuna. I think Rachael comes the closest, but her leg injury might complicate the picture.
Hence, the ladies' placement comes down to who skates "clean" without any clear frontrunner, IMHO.
Last edited by CARA; 01-04-2011 at 01:00 PM.