Worlds 2011: Ladies predictions
This is going to be an amazing event
it's going to be a battle between Yu-Na, Mao, Miki
But I think the dark horse of the event is Kanako Murakami.
The girl has the goods and if pressure is off her shoulders, who knows what will happen!
Alissa may also factor and so will Rachael!
With Worlds not being in Japan I dont see any chance for Miki Ando to win anymore. Especialy with the more talented skaters like Asada (on the track of improvement after some changes) and Kim (more time after taking some time off) giving some important extra time to prepare.
I see Kim probably winning, Asada probably 2nd, and Ando probably 3rd now. Czisny, Koster, and Murakami will be mostly shooting to try and take the bronze from Ando or from Asada if she makes enough mistakes.
Kim will need to make atleast 3 significant mistakes to lose unless Asada skates squeeky clean with all her content then she can only afford 1.
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I keep forgetting about Murakami. She could sneak in there for a medal. The real question mark is Kim. She's the Olympic Champion but no one's seen her skate competitively in over a year, and her training situation isn't even the same as last year so who knows what she will do. I can't really see her out of hte top 5, barring a huge meltdown, but I'll entertain the possibility of her not being on the podium.
I hope Mao can culminate a very rocky season with great skates at Worlds. But in my opinion it’s between Kim and Ando. Even if we haven’t seen Kim all season, and even with all the drama that has come to define her past year, when she’s on, she’s without a doubt the best. I think she’s hard working enough to go into Worlds and win. Ando has been having a great season so I think she can keep up the pace, even with the postponement. She lacks the charisma of the others but makes up for that with consistency. Although I must admit, every time I see her short program my wind wanders and I start thinking about Matt Savoie at '06 Nationals (sigh!).
Czisny is my dark horse. I hope she was able to calm down her nerves after 4CC. It would suck if she peaked at nationals – I really want her to sneak onto the podium and end her a career on a high note. Her long program is such a gem.
I also keep forgetting about Murakami but she could definitely sneak up there too. I will admit I’m not her biggest fan – in a year or two with better programs and a little bit more maturity, she will shine as she has all the capabilities.
Flatt – SP is a HUGE improvement but I just don’t see her on the podium. She has a great SP that suits her now, and an LP that I find terrible. If she continues on next season, I hope she keeps the short and gets a new long! (Also, I’m still bitter about Mirai not being at worlds, shh!)
3. Czisny (please please please)
6-10 (not in order) Flatt, Korpi, Kostner, Phaneuf (the Canadian in me hopes), Makarova
Ahh, what a first post! Nice to finally join the discussion instead of lurking
What a first post indeed! As we say around here, post often, post long. and welcome.
Six Point Zero
Since my wishes, predictions and expectations are often contrary to reality, perhaps the skating gods might indulge me if I play reverse psychology with them and say I expect the following results at Worlds:
1. Carolina Kostner
2. Miki Ando
3. Rachael Flatt
Yes. Mao and Yuna will suffer epic meltdowns and fall off the podium.
Wouldn't be the first time though...
Originally Posted by jadore
Or worse, she peaks in the early GP events and it's downhill from there.
Like I said in a previous post...Czisny is a question mark at EVERY competition she enters.
I like Flatt on that podium.......but that's about it.
Originally Posted by Krislite
This event is probably the widest open it's ever been in a long time. To me, the real variable is what kind of shape Yuna Kim shows up in. If she's anywhere near her best, cancel the competition and mail her the GM. Otherwise, it is really wide open to anyone who rises to the occasion. The spoilers could be Murakami, Czisny and/or Kostner if they're at their best. Kostner in particular probably doesn't even need her best because the judges will likely boost her anyway.