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    Quote Originally Posted by Yagudinah View Post
    I 'm rooting for Michal Brezina. I love his short program. The chances of a top-5 or even better are slim, but who knows... I'm just hoping he does really really well.
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    I'd love to see 2 Czechs on the podium or more realistically in the top 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    I'd love to see 2 Czechs on the podium or more realistically in the top 5
    Even more realistically in the top 10 or maybe even top 15.

    I like Brezina but haven't seen him lately and have no idea what kind of shape he is in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hernando View Post
    Even more realistically in the top 10 or maybe even top 15.

    I like Brezina but haven't seen him lately and have no idea what kind of shape he is in.
    Well both Tomas and Michal have already finished 4th at Worlds, Tomas twice, so it is feasible.

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    I believe Brezina suffered some injury so it has not been a great season for him. I seriously doubt he will be in top 5 this year. Tomas, OTOH, has been doing really well this year, being the only one to have won an event against Chan and he made it to the GPF. He's also planning on doing a quad at Worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    Well both Tomas and Michal have already finished 4th at Worlds, Tomas twice, so it is feasible.
    But Michal only finished 8th at Euros and was 10th in the free. I really doubt he will make top 5 at Worlds this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    I think Russell will get around 20th place. I think he was 14th at 4CC, although it might have been 17th and I'm too lazy to go check the results again. He probably should get higher PCs than Reynolds though even if he doesn't. I don't think this will be his only Worlds though. Sawyer's retiring so he has a good chance of making the podium again next year. Only Chan will for sure beat him at Nationals next year (although Reynolds and Rogozine have a good chance to).
    I have a feeling the CSA will start pushing some of the younger up and comers. They dont really like Reynolds for some reason but he has a good shot to make future teams too, and beyond that the up and comers will get priority. Russel isnt young anymore, and he still doesnt even have a solid triple axel or get high PCS internationally so I dont see him getting much backing. Unless he does surprisingly reasonable (eg- top 15) at Worlds this year I dont see him being put on another World team.

    Then again they might decide with Chan they dont need to worry about who the other team members are for awhile and have enough time to find their future star, and as I mentioned the CSA clearly does not like Reynolds (it is obvious in how he is scored at Canadians, even considering his mistakes) so maybe Russel does have a shot to keep making future teams after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangtongfan View Post
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    Then again they might decide with Chan they dont need to worry about who the other team members are for awhile and have enough time to find their future star,
    Chan is younger than his teammates and good for quite a few years. Little Nam Nguyen is very ambitious and on a fast track. Canada somehow always has had extremely talented men to carry the torch.

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    Chan will almost certainly be retiring after 2014 though, so that gives them another 3 years to find the heir apparent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangtongfan View Post
    I have a feeling the CSA will start pushing some of the younger up and comers. They dont really like Reynolds for some reason but he has a good shot to make future teams too, and beyond that the up and comers will get priority. Russel isnt young anymore, and he still doesnt even have a solid triple axel or get high PCS internationally so I dont see him getting much backing. Unless he does surprisingly reasonable (eg- top 15) at Worlds this year I dont see him being put on another World team.

    Then again they might decide with Chan they dont need to worry about who the other team members are for awhile and have enough time to find their future star, and as I mentioned the CSA clearly does not like Reynolds (it is obvious in how he is scored at Canadians, even considering his mistakes) so maybe Russel does have a shot to keep making future teams after all.
    Regardless of who SC decides to 'push', if Russell podiums at Nationals and we have 3 spots, he'll get sent. Skate Canada has consistently, at least in recent years, sent the top 2 or 3 finishers to worlds regardless of if they were the favourites of the fed or not.

    I don't think they would go so far as to manipulate the nationals results in order to have someone else go instead of Russell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangtongfan View Post
    I have a feeling the CSA will start pushing some of the younger up and comers. They dont really like Reynolds for some reason but he has a good shot to make future teams too, and beyond that the up and comers will get priority. Russel isnt young anymore, and he still doesnt even have a solid triple axel or get high PCS internationally so I dont see him getting much backing. Unless he does surprisingly reasonable (eg- top 15) at Worlds this year I dont see him being put on another World team.

    Then again they might decide with Chan they dont need to worry about who the other team members are for awhile and have enough time to find their future star, and as I mentioned the CSA clearly does not like Reynolds (it is obvious in how he is scored at Canadians, even considering his mistakes) so maybe Russel does have a shot to keep making future teams after all.
    There was an interesting article posted about the run-up to the 2007 worlds. It pointed out that Skate Canada, as a rule, took a largely hands off approach to the development of upper echelon-level talent, and that actually came to bite them hard when Bourne/Kraatz retired. Given how hard they've been flogging Chan (one of the things I consistently read is that the federation as a high presence at many meets and stuff), I think they've learned their lesson. That stated, I do think Nguyen is the one they're thinking about to replace Chan. He's already had two showcase skates at notable events (4CC 2009, Olympics 2010). As long as he seeks someone else to teach him the 3A....

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    Ah.. Thanks. I wondered if I was off-base with that comment.

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    I"m predicting 1) Chan 2) Takahashi 3) Kozuka 4) Oda and 5) Joubert. I think that Verner Amodio Bradley Gachinski and Dornbush will round out the rest of the top 10 in some shape or form.

    Here is my full preview of the Mens event

    http://backstagebarbie.blogspot.com/...nships_16.html

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    I think you meant Canadian Nationals, not Skate Canada, in your write-up for Chan.

    Right now, I'm thinking Chan-Takahashi-Joubert for the podium.

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    Apparently, both Oda and Verner are attempting quads in the SP. This should shake things up a bit if they pull them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    Apparently, both Oda and Verner are attempting quads in the SP. This should shake things up a bit if they pull them off.
    I've seen Oda do a very nice quad somewhere, and I think most of the boys will be attempting Quads.

    Quote Originally Posted by BackStage Barbie View Post
    I"m predicting 1) Chan 2) Takahashi 3) Kozuka 4) Oda and 5) Joubert. I think that Verner Amodio Bradley Gachinski and Dornbush will round out the rest of the top 10 in some shape or form.
    The biggest upset at Mens Division will be if Bradley nabs a 5th place; and Dornbush nabs an 8th place. That would be the American Dream.
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