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
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It´s so hard to pick someone.
Liza or Alena? Maybe Julia...
Plushy or Artur? If Plushy doesn´t have quads and Artur skates clean is he able to beat him or not????
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RN can watch here, whatever link works better for you:
НТВ+ Спорт Онлайн / NTV+ Sport Online:
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Or a pay online channel. The quality is good, at least here:
I m waiting for Russian Ladies, up to the 10th skater the whole field has a lot of girls I m looking forward to watching, and I m thrilled with Radionova competing for first time. I believe either Julia or Elisaveta would win. Or maybe Leonova.
Pairs I/M are my fav, i want them to win so they can go to Euros. I like B/L also but I really want I/M to move forward!
Men, it seems unbelievable Plushy will compete, and If I see him in Euros I ll eat my hair, but I m looking forward to Kovtun as well after what he did in Juniors. I m sure Arthur and Menshov will try to win also!
thanks, btw do you need to download software plugins to watch those link ????? because I did that before and doesn't work on Mac
I think Zhenya doesn't need his quad jump and he should just focus on worlds and not take the risk
given he's just recovering. He just needs to skate clean, given Gachinski is a mess lately.
and I also want to say other than my favorite Baby Yuzuru Hanyu I like like Baby Kovtun too, LOL
I think Maxim Kovtun is more talented than Gachinski ,Maxim is just 16 and his improvements so far have huge potential
he just needs to be consistent on his 3A and polish his 3T+3T. for his programs
Go Julia, Adelina, Tuk Tuk and Maxim ! !
Oh, I forgot about Maxim!!!!! Go,go, baby Kovtun!!!!
I wish Maxim could beat Artur, Plushy and everybody, men´s skating in Russia needs some talented young skaters. I mean, I like Plushy but he´s 29 y.o, he can´t represent the future of Russian men skating.
I like Kovtun too! I was impressed with him in Brasov. His 3A was very very solid there, he landed every single attempt both in warm up and competition. And I am glad to see he is not a Plushenko clone.
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
Looking at the times RN is going to start on Christmas Eve for me here in the States, and that's when my family celebrates Christmas, not Christmas Day. It's traditional. And then with all the cooking and festivities going on, I think I'm going to miss the actual skating itself live, but hopefully when I get back there will be youtube videos posted, pretty please. I say this on bended knee to all our nice & kind Russian posters.
ps: and here's hoping thee beautiful angelic Adelina Sotnikova wins Nationals for the 3rd time in her career. If she does, she'll only need three more to tie Maria Butyrskaya, whom holds the record at 6.
me too, I think Adelina changed some of her combos for Nationals, but I think she will still try her lutz jump
I am hoping her winning at Zagreb Cup will boost her confidence at RN.
Adelina has so much potential and I feel she will be more successful as she gets older
Does anyone know the program of Nationals on tv?
I can't wait to see how the dance works out.
I are Monko & Khaliavin going to compete, does anyone know?