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    Men prospects

    ALL SKATERS must reach a minimal TES score for both the SP and the FS. They must be in a qualified ISU competition in 2009-2010 or 2010-11 but can be earned on separate competitions. For the men that is 20.00 in the SP and 35.00 in the FS.

    The ISU has put in a qualifying round, but not all have to skate it. The federations will be given one direct entry into the SP for each skate they had in the Top 18 in last year's Worlds. All other entries will have to qualify for the final 12 spots for a total of 30 entries.

    DIRECTLY QUALIFIED FOR THE SHORT PROGRAM (direct entries are given to federations who had top 18 skaters from previous Worlds)
    BEL 1 Kevin van der Perren (1st at Nationals; highest ranked BEL skater)
    CAN 1 Patrick Chan
    CAN 2 Shawn Sawyer
    CHN 1 Yan Han
    CZE 1 Tomas Verner
    ESP 1 Javier Fernández
    FRA 1 Brian Joubert
    FRA 2 Florent Amodio
    ITA 1 Samuel Contesti (First at Nationals; higest world ranked ITA skater)
    JPN 1 Daisuke Takahashi ** (see below under "multiple nation skaters")
    JPN 2 Takahiko Kozuka ** (see below under "multiple nation skaters")
    KAZ 1 Denis Ten (likely)
    RUS 1 or Artur GKonstantin
    SWE 1 Adrian Schultheiss
    UKR 1 Anton Kovalevski
    USA 1 Ryan Bradley
    USA 2 Richard Dornbush
    USA 3 Ross Miner

    (Breakdown of direct entries: 3 USA; 2 JPN; 2 CAN; 2 FRA making up 9 of the entries. Nine more federations have one direct entry. USA and FRA the only two nations to have all their skaters enter directly)


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    QUALIFYING ROUND ENTRIES:

    MULTIPLE-SKATER NATIONS:
    The following second (or third) skaters from these countries will have to do a QR because there was no skater competing in that spot last year or a skater from that country failed to break into the top 18. The skater with the lower World Standing among the federation's representatives will be the one who will have to skate the qualifying round.

    Here are the countries with skaters who will have to skate in the QR.

    BEL 2 Jorik Hendrickx (second at BEL Nationals)
    CAN 3 Joey Russell
    CZE 2 Michal Brezina *
    JPN 3 Nobunari Oda (likely) **
    ITA 2 Paolo Bacchini (second at ITA Nationals)
    SWE 2 Kristoffer BERNTSSON ***

    * Czech Republic note: What a cruel fate for Brezina. It was he who maintained two spots for his country. But an injury kept him from the GP, where Tomas did well enough to overtake him in the standings.
    ** Japan note: Technically Kozuka has the lowest world standing as of right now, but that is expected to change with Kozuka and Takahashki getting more points at 4CC.
    *** Sweden note: Kristoffer Berntsson is the 2010 National Champion, but Adrien is higher ranked.

    OTHER COUNTRIES LIKELY TO ENTER:

    I will add other countries who will have a skater in the QR as I see it. Please let me know if I should add anyone to this list.
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    What a sweet dream it would be if Patrick wins the world and Jeremy is on the podium! (I just love these two emoticons!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    ALL SKATERS must reach a minimal TES score for both the SP and the FS. They must be in a qualified ISU competition in 2009-2010 or 2010-11 but can be earned on separate competitions. For the men that is 20.00 in the SP and 35.00 in the FS.
    By separate competitions, you seem to imply that individual Nationals can also be used to qualify. I'm not doubting you. It's just that I was under the impression that ISU will not permit individual Feds to interfere with their rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    By separate competitions, you seem to imply that individual Nationals can also be used to qualify. I'm not doubting you. It's just that I was under the impression that ISU will not permit individual Feds to interfere with their rules.
    I don't think she implies that. She's implying two different competitions. I see nothing about Nats.

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    Hmmm, the Mens potential placings are harder for me to determine, lol, simply because they are ALL good, whereas with the ladies it's easy to see that Yuna Kim is the very best out of all of them, with consistency to boot. But with the men there are at least a handful that can turn it up a notch and grab the gold medal, be it Joubert, Chan, Abbott, Rippon, Daisuke, Oda, Kozuka. Then of course there is the possibility of an also-ran whom could have the skate of his life at Worlds, somebody whom everybody thinks is too old & washed up. Or else there could even be a first ~ that is, a Japanese sweep of the podium!

    But, as an American, I have to admit I'm hoping for an American to land on the podium, same as with the women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine View Post
    But with the men there are at least a handful that can turn it up a notch and grab the gold medal, be it Joubert, Chan, Abbott, Rippon, Daisuke, Oda, Kozuka. Then of course there is the possibility of an also-ran whom could have the skate of his life at Worlds, somebody whom everybody thinks is too old & washed up. Or else there could even be a first ~ that is, a Japanese sweep of the podium!
    "Too old & washed up"? Could that be Joubert? If he could be on the podium again, it'll be my sweet dream too.

    I still think that gold medal contenders are three Japanese and Chan. Verner might have a chance to get on podium if everybody's bumped.

    However, a Japanese sweep is impossible to me, as long as there is a skater named Patrick Chan. He might not skate as great as he has just done at the Nationals, I don't see him off the podium in current line up.

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    Lol, Bluebonnet, your mind is on a one way track. :D Not me, none of my favorites are competing, so I don't really have a horse in this race, just speculating is all, and hoping for an American man to land on the podium. (:^) Then again I don't want to be too greedy, skate gods, as an American man just recently won both the Olympics this past year and Worlds the year before, so if no American man lands on the podium this year or next year I won't be too put out, as long as one lands on the podium a year before the next Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine View Post
    Lol, Bluebonnet, your mind is on a one way track. :D Not me, none of my favorites are competing, so I don't really have a horse in this race, just speculating is all, and hoping for an American man to land on the podium. (:^) Then again I don't want to be too greedy, skate gods, as an American man just recently won both the Olympics this past year and Worlds the year before, so if no American man lands on the podium this year or next year I won't be too put out, as long as one lands on the podium a year before the next Olympics.
    Well, the scene hasn't changed from where I'm sitting.

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    Touche!

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    ^Did my comment imply anything I don't know?

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    Lol, I was just kidding around, Bluebonnet, but it looks like my sense of humour miss the mark.

    Back on topic, my opinion hasn't changed, I still say the Mens field is wide open, whereas the Womens is deservedly dominated by the best female figure skater in the history of the modern era of the sport ~ Yuna Kim. Yes, Mao is my favorite, but Yuna is far & away the best, including beauty (mayhap even another Katarina Witt if she stays in for the long haul; or even another Sonja Henie, I can dream!).


    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO RUSSIA, FRANCE, CANADA, USA, ET AL (MENS THAT IS)!!!!!!!!!!

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    Whew, you certainly got me this time. I thought I might have made mistake by saying that which would imply something inappropriate.

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    With a Field like this, plus the additional top skaters who will be determined by the preliminary round, how can anyone pick a podium placer no less a winner? It has to be by hopefully.

    BEL 1 Kevin van der Perren
    CAN 1 Patrick Chan
    CAN 2 Shawn Sawyer
    CHN 1 Yan Han
    CZE 1 Tomas Verner
    ESP 1 Javier Fernández
    FRA 1 Brian Joubert
    FRA 2 Florent Amodio
    ITA 1 Samuel Contesti (First at Nationals; higest world ranked ITA skater)
    JPN 1 Daisuke Takahashi ** (see below under "multiple nation skaters")
    JPN 2 Nobunari Oda
    RUS Artur Gachinsky
    UKR 1 Anton Kovalevski
    USA 1 Ryan Bradley
    USA 2 Richard Dornbush
    USA 3 Ross Miner

    and to be added if not already:

    CZE 2 Michal Brezina
    JPN 3 Takahito Kozuka
    SWE 2 Kristoffer BERNTSSON

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    Interesting that Joubert still has a higher ranking than Amodio - if I'm understanding the list correctly

    Do we know about the Russians - Will Gachinsky or Menshov get the direct entry?

    It does seem open this year - though maybe not quite so much at the very top, Chan would seem to have the momentum for the gold, with two Japanese skaters next to him on the podium. It'll be a real battle for spots 4 through 10 though. I just really hope we get to see all skaters at their best, I'm especially hoping to see great skates from Kozuka, Sawyer and Miner.

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    Russia only has one spot. I think Gachinsky is taking it.

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