Opinions for the Men
Please NO PREDICTIONS ! Just your opinion of each skater's making the Podium.
Goebel - There is a good deal of improvement in his presentation. At the same time it appears that his technical has become faulty. Maybe the boots? hmmm. However, should be in top three.
Weiss - If he would stop posing so much and just skate with the flow, I think the whole look would golden.-up.
Jahnke - He's a good skater but I don't think podium bound.
Savoie - Like Angela, everyone loves him but like Angela, it just doesn't happen and this year even moreso.
Weir - Has a chance to win this but Nerves Nerves Nerves. He's second to none in the flow of skating. Maybe podium. (Hope so.)
Lysacek - This guy for me was a sensation in last year's Jr. Worlds. Given the lineup, he could be on the podium.
Others - Are there any? If so please add.
What would Brian Boitano do?
What's the diff between opinions and predictions? I think I get where you're coming from though- just assess the field, not placements?
I think the men's field is pretty open. I hope the guys come up with the goods and put some clean programs out there, but no one is skating out-of-his-head fantastic, so it's going to come down to who guts it out.
Goebel- I think Tim's got a lock on at least a place on the podium, even if he is having a little trouble. He might miss something here and there, but he's not likely for a meltdown. If it's close, he's also going to get the nod from the judges.
Weiss- Michael IS prone to a meltdown, and unless he can hold together relatively clear programs, he's going to be in trouble. His performance in GP has been spotty (yes, he won Skate America, but it was far from specatacular). He's been lucky that no other skaters are really laying down great skates.
Johnny Weir hasn't had a lot of exposure, or skating, since last year's nationals, so he's coming in as a bit of a wild card. Yes, he won eastern sectionals, but that wasn't against top competition either. Still, his artistry and skating technique are far above the others. I think this puts him in the running for the podium.
Matt Savoie- While he's been around for a while, and I think people are wanting to dismiss him, he was skating well until that equipment disaster last year. He seems to still have it in him to skate well.
And you forgot Scott Smith- he's got all the skills, and was 4th last year (if I recall correctly). He's had a so-so year so far, but who hasn't?!
Ryan Jahnke, Evan Lysacek, Nick LaRouche, Parker Pennington... there really isn't a clearly top level field here, so I think all of them have a shot at the podium. On the one hand, I think that will make for an exciting competition, but only if the men can manage to stay on their blades. Last year was beyond splatfest. Here's hoping nationals will bring out the best.
Goebel- From his equipment issues to the food poisioning, I think he's still trying to stabilize his season, so I'm not sure what will happen at Nationals. Love his SP, LP is only okay for me right now. I think he'll be on the podium.
Weiss- I like his SP better than his LP. Despite problems on 4toe, he's had a decent season and will probably be on the podium.
Jahnke- Love this guy's style, but so inconsistent! If he can pull it together with the jumps, he will make the podium, IMO.
Weir- Definitely competition to Jahnke for the podium, I haven't seen his programs, but have heard good things. Again it will come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes between him and Jahnke, IMO.
Savoie- He's been around for a while and with any mistakes from Weir and/or Jahnke he could make a run for the podium with a good skate.
Lyasek- Never seen him before, so can't comment.
Goebel - sure to be on the podium, but with his boot problems, not necessarily on top.
Weiss - Shucks! This guy really doesn't have a quad (hasn't ever landed a clean one that I can recall) and now his 3A has gone south, too. But he's been held up time and again by the USFSA. Maybe he'll retire soon and give the others a chance?????
Weir - After crumpling in last year's Nationals, the USFSA has punished him by awarding him no GPs and only one competition: Finlandia, where he won a silver medal. He won Sectionals in fine style, with all first place ordinals in both SP and FS. Let's hope this has given him the confidence to do a bang-up job at Nationals this time. He has the stuff to make the podium, and even win gold.
Jahnke - A likable guy with an enjoyable style, but his time on the World Team hasn't been stellar. So far this season, he's been disappointing, both at Campbell's and the GP. Can't see him on the podium this year.
Smith - Unlike Jahnke, Scott has made a bit of a splash internationally, with two silver medals to his credit. His jumps aren't all that reliable, though. Has a shot for the podium (but I'd rather see Weir there).
Savoie - Disappointing in his lone GP event. I really like this guy's style and would like to see him do better. Hoping he can finish in the top 6.
Lysacek - A real up-and-comer. He probably won't make the podium this year, but a top 6 placement is very likely.
Brauninger - Would love to see this 2003 Junior silver medalist finish in the Senior top 10.
Rohene Ward - I have heard a lot about this guy on other boards. I just hope ABC will show him.
Goebel -- sure, he has had some problems. It is therefore hard to really judge how strong he is. Still, he should be 1 or 2.
Weiss -- he's been all over the map in his GP event. Hard to predict, really.
Weir -- interesting to see how he will be doing. I'm hoping his coaching change to TT will have done him good.
Savoie -- based on his GP performance, shouldn't really be podium contender.
Smith, Janke -- either one could get a medal. I haven't really seen enough of them to have formed an opinion.