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    Podium Picks?

    12/24/2011-12/29/2011

    Men:
    Ivan Bariev
    Artem Borodulin
    Zhan Bush
    Artur Dmitriev
    Fedosy Efremenko
    Artur Gachinksi
    Artem Grigoriev
    Sergei Voronov
    Stanislav Kovalev
    Maxim Kovtun
    Konstantin Menshov
    Nikita Mikhailov
    Evgeni Plushenko
    Stanislav Samokhin
    Vladislav Sezganov
    Mark Shakhmatov
    Ivan Tretyakov

    Ladies:
    Polina Agafonova
    Maria Artemyeva
    Darya Afanaseiva
    Sofia Biryukova
    Alexandra Deeva
    Evgenia Gerasimova
    Polina Korobeinikova
    Alena Leonova
    Julia Lipnitskaya
    Ksenia Makarova
    Sofia Mishina
    Anna Ovcharova
    Elena Radionova
    Adelina Sotnikova
    Maria Stavitskaia
    Polina Shelepen
    Anna Shershak
    Elizaveta Tuktamysheva

    Pairs:
    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

    Dance:
    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?
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    what happened to Rosa Sheveleva ?
    but arent V/T not competing and Yuko and Sasha will also cancel the National because of an injury ?

    Men:

    Evgeni Pluschenko
    Artur Gachinski
    Maxim Kovtun/Artur Dimitriev Jr.

    Ladies:

    Julia Lipnitskaya
    Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
    Alena Leonova/Adelina Sotnikova

    Pairs:

    Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov
    Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov
    Katarina Gerboldt/Alexander Enbert or Lyubov Iluschechkina/Nodari Maisuradze

    Ice Dance:

    Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov
    Ksenia Monko/Kirill Khaliavin
    Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviev

    Good Luck All

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    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.

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    ^

    I know Leonova even has a chance of winning but I dont want her to win at all, so silver would be ok
    Im still hoping Adelina can fix all her Lutz jumps and defend the title if not Julia Lipnitskaya will win the Ladies

    maybe hype? but not all, part of me is I'm excited of Pluschenko's return if he skates clean
    highly lilkely he can win over Gachinski, and a clean Gachinski is very rare. LOL
    on the other hand, I really like Maxim Kovtun, very promising 16 year old and he did a good performance at JGP
    he just needs to step it up further !

    Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviev have been very sloppy and messy lately
    so it will be interesting if they can defend their title, M/K I doubt they can win ,this will be their first competition
    after injury but 2nd place I'm still hoping
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    @ sky fly
    In Russian Cup, Kazan, Rosa Sheveleva was 17. It means that she did not qualify for Russian Nationals
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    I LIKE Leonova. And I want her to be second. [first would be my dream]
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    ^

    I thought she was like 15/16 ?
    sad, she had potentials but she hasn't been exposed much at international competitions lately too

    I dont know what is it with Leonova
    but for some reason the more I wish she will not medal, she medals
    so maybe I should predict Gold for Leonova so she will not win,

    I agree, I respect though that Leonova is a fighter even with all the young russian skaters she is fighting to be on top
    so far Julia Lipnitskaya is the whole package, seems the International audience loves her too ( standing ovation in quebec * )

    Julia I see in her a Mix of Yuna Kim, Tara Lipinski and Sasha Cohen
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    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ZHENYA!!!!!

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    Men: Plushenko, Gachinski, Menshov
    Ladies: Leonova, Tuktamysheva, Sotnikova
    Pairs: Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov, Katarina Gerboldt/Alexander Enbert, Lyubov Iluschechkina/Nodari Maisuradze
    Ice Dance: Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov, Ksenia Monko/Kirill Khaliavin, Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviev




    Quote Originally Posted by Slowdive View Post
    12/24/2011-12/29/2011

    Men:
    Ivan Bariev
    Artem Borodulin
    Zhan Bush
    Artur Dmitriev
    Fedosy Efremenko
    Artur Gachinksi
    Artem Grigoriev
    Sergei Voronov
    Stanislav Kovalev
    Maxim Kovtun
    Konstantin Menshov
    Nikita Mikhailov
    Evgeni Plushenko
    Stanislav Samokhin
    Vladislav Sezganov
    Mark Shakhmatov
    Ivan Tretyakov

    Ladies:
    Polina Agafonova
    Maria Artemyeva
    Darya Afanaseiva
    Sofia Biryukova
    Alexandra Deeva
    Evgenia Gerasimova
    Polina Korobeinikova
    Alena Leonova
    Julia Lipnitskaya
    Ksenia Makarova
    Sofia Mishina
    Anna Ovcharova
    Elena Radionova
    Adelina Sotnikova
    Maria Stavitskaia
    Polina Shelepen
    Anna Shershak
    Elizaveta Tuktamysheva

    Pairs:
    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

    Dance:
    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?

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    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    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!

    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!

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    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalle View Post
    It is interesting because I think this is definitely Leonovas year!

    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!
    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).

    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

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    I can't wait to see how the dance works out.

    I are Monko & Khaliavin going to compete, does anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    I can't wait to see how the dance works out.

    I are Monko & Khaliavin going to compete, does anyone know?
    As far as I know they are going to compete. Someone posted about them that they did the first complete run-throughs of their programs and it went well, a week before the GPF. I wish them luck and hope to see them at Euros

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