On the Ice
Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov
Marya Vygalova/Egor Zakroev
Katarina Gerboldt/Alexander Enbert
Vasilisa Davankova/Andrei Deputat
Lyubov Iluschechkina/Nodari Maisuradze
Anastasia Martyusheva/Alexei Rogonov
Tatiana Novik/Andrei Novoselov
Ekaterina Petaykina/Maxim Kurdyukov
Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov
Tatiana Tudvaseva/Sergey Lisiev
Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviev
Kristina Gorshkova/Vitaly Butikov
Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov
Anastasia Kabanova/Nikolai Babin
Ksenia Monko/Kirill Khaliavin
Anna Polikarpova/Maxim Kirillov
Ekaterina Pushkash/Jonathan Guerreiro
Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko
Valeria Starygina/Ivan Volobuev
Evgenia Shakhatrina/Denis Kozlov
Who would you pick as medal contenders?
Last edited by Slowdive; 12-20-2011 at 10:06 PM.
In Pairs I will go with you, but only if Kavaguchi/Smirnov will not compete.
In Ladies I think I will put Alena Leonova second. She is very competitive, a fighter.
In Men --- I am not sure about Plushchenko. There is a lot of hype over his getting back. Also, he was supposed to compete earlier and did not.
And in Ice Dance -- I would put Riazanova/Tkachenko in third place. I know that Khalavin was ill, so that's why they did not compete for some time. If they will be healthy they may skate better then R/T but I would put them in third place, I/K in second and B/S in first.
@ sky fly
In Russian Cup, Kazan, Rosa Sheveleva was 17. It means that she did not qualify for Russian Nationals
I LIKE Leonova. And I want her to be second. [first would be my dream]
Last edited by katia; 12-20-2011 at 07:50 PM.
Ladies: Lipniskaya, Tuktamysheva, Sotnikova or Shelepen
Pairs: Bazarova/Larionov, Iluschechkina/ Maisuradze, Gerboldt/ Enbert
Ice Dance: Bobrova/Soloviev, Ilinykh/Katsalapov, Ryazanova/Tkachenko
Men: Plushenko(can't believe he still compete), Gachinski, Menshov
I like Leonova and am sorry to see her being passed, but I don't think this is her year. Barring any major mistakes the ladies podium will be Lipniskaya, Tuktamysheva, Sotnikova. Sotnikova hasn't been the most consistent this year and if that continues Leonova may edge in for the bronze- or Shelepen may grab it.
It is interesting because I think this is definitely Leonovas year!
Originally Posted by tulosai
She has gone from strenght to strenght since her 4th place at Worlds last year and had a very good GP season this year. I would even consider her to be strong podium contender at this Worlds, she has the fighting spirit that some of the more talented girls seems to be missing..
Nationals are goinig to be a fantastic competition but I think she has to do 2 clean programs to win otherwise Tuk or a semi clean Sotnikova/Lipnitskaya will be put infront of her.We shall see!
Leonova has a chance of winning Gold but she needs a clean skate for both her SP and FP , other that if Elizaveta butchers her combo programs but she has been pretty solid this season and any mistakes she can bounce back, I agree a semi clean Julia Lipnitskaya will still beat Leonova. I think this season
at International and Nationals, Lipnitskaya has so far has the highest scores.
Adelina has only 1 option, skate clean. her season has not been that stellar so far and her scores have been not that great
compared to her season's best last year, ( but given she has now able to adjust to her growth spurt ) she can still defend her position at nationals
Last edited by sky_fly20; 12-22-2011 at 03:11 AM.
Oh, I do agree it's her year in a sense. She's certainly a contender at worlds and she's skating the best (and getting the best results) that she ever has. It's unfortunate for her that the young ones are growing up right now since I see her as having improved a LOT since Vancouver and I don't think she will get a chance at Sochi. I don't mean to diminish her at all- she is one of the best Senior ladies out there this year, but (if they are on) Sot, Tuk, and Julia are better and will keep getting better if only in that they have more technical difficulty (none of their PCS are where they could be yet as is appropriate, but honestly neither are Leonova's- I do agree with the people here who feel she is a somewhat sloppy skater and while this can give her an infectious enthusiasm I think that this and other things such as occasionally weak edges hold her PCS below where they could be).
Originally Posted by kalle
It is of course possible she will pass some or all of the 'kids' at Nationals- she did Tuk at the GPF and with how Sot has been skating I think she's very beatable too- but my sense is that all things being equal, particularly if Leonova is not clean, Russia is looking toward and pushing toward the future and will want to place the young ones over her. Of course she'll go to Worlds, and of course Russia will want her there and I'm sure is grateful to her for preforming so well internationally, but in terms of her actual placement at Russian Nationals, I don't think she'll see the podium.
I'd be happy enough to be proven wrong though We shall see indeed
Urmanov says Evgeni will have no rival at Russian Nationals ~ nobody else comes close, he is unrivalled, unequalled: http://www.allsportinfo.ru/index.php?id=55428
Wicked Yankee Girl
I can't wait to see how the dance works out.
I are Monko & Khaliavin going to compete, does anyone know?