Okay here's my order. And I'll copy IP's format. And I'm just going to have fun with it.
GOLD Alissa Czisny
WHY: Because it would be a big **** you to all those folks calling her to retire last season. I know that IP had her in silver, but it would just be something if she won. And it would make it easy for Rachael to get back the three spots.
SILVER Mao Asada
WHY: Because she's a hard worker and I think she will lay it down, just like she did in 2010 Worlds, minus the URs.
BRONZE Yuna Kim
WHY: Because it's hard to say what not competing all year long will affect her. It might not. But that Airang program may be epic.
4.) Miki Ando
WHY: I actually wouldn't mind if she wins, for the same **** you she can give to some of her critics. (Though they will continue to blame her for the demise of skating). That said, I already gave that spot to Alissa and I have reasons for putting Mao and Yuna above her, so hence she's in fourth.
5.) Rachael Flatt
WHY: Judges like her EOE program. I want her to also give a big **** you to Aunt Joyce and all his crew by doing a 2A-3L and a 3F-3T. (Reach AJ's 4CC reflections for a point of reference.) Plus this would match her best placement from 2009.
6.) Kanako Murakami
WHY: I agree with IP that while she has great joy in her programs, that doesn't necessarily translate into artistry. That said, she does have a nice solid 3T-3T that gets good GOE.
7.) Kiira Korpi
WHY: Because she has beautiful programs this year and seems more consistent technically. She just needs to nail that Lutz
8.) Carolina Kostner
WHY: Because somehow she's the only one who manages to make the GPF, get a silver medal at that event and get a silver medal with simple tech content. If she's clean I expect her to be higher, but part me hopes that she will actually get the points suitable for the content she delivers.
9.) Laura Lepisto
WHY: Well I didn't realize she would be coming back. Ironically, she will have to skate the QR though it was her teammate that put her in that position in the first place. Anyway, judges love her and it would be nice of her not to go too far down the standings.
10.) Cynthia Phaneuf.
WHY: Despite a less-than-ideal performance at 4CC, she did fight for it, unlike her two teammates. She also showed last year that she can deliver if she's clean.