Bring on the predictions!
Well, the most interesting competition will be the men’s one. I guess Plushenko will win, as it happened in 2010. I think Brian is the only one who can get close (I mean 1 point closer) to the Russian, but as he was injured and hasn’t competed so far, so he hasn’t got good chances. “The Youngers” I mean, Amodio, Brezina, Fernandez and Gachinski are close to each other, but are far at least 6 points away, from Plushenko. So I guess a second place to Fernandez, who did very well during the season, I hope he won’t be too nervous and will do his quads. Of course he needs to improve in transitions, but except for this he is totally prepared technically. 3rd place? Maybe Gachinski, who did well at Nationals, but in the Grand Prix wasn’t on the list of the bests. Than Brezina for 4th place, he has good programs, but maybe nerves stop him as it happened last year. Than Joubert for 5th and Amodio 6th. For me Tomas Verner seems no to be in the best shape, van der Perren for 8th and Contesti 9th.
The pairs question is easy. 1st: Germans than, Tatiana and Maxim, and Yuko and Alexander. I think the new LP of the Germans is more creative than the Russians program. And I love as they go into the death spiral. Tatiana and Maxim do well together but they need a bit more time to have to compete with the German’s harmony.
The 1st place in Ladies competition is easy, Kostner, as always. OK, maybe she is the best in this competition, but will earn more points than she should. Than I hope Kiira Korpi will do well, but it would be more interesting with Adelina and Elizaveta.
Dance would be the other really interesting competition. We’ll see if the B/S with their dynamic new program can compete with the French’s excellent choreography. I hope P/B will defend their title, and retire at the end of the season as winners. The 3rd place is interesting again: we have to very young Russian pairs, the number one’s of Italy and a nearly French pair. I guess a third place to I/K as they have a brand new program that is very different from last year’s one, more dynamic with great twizzles. Than C/L, and R/T.
Fernandez is clearly the frontrunner for mens but with that said
Zhenya first competed again at Nationals but was not in full shape but has been getting more preparations
and performing in countries ice shows and galas, that should help him, Brezina and Gachinski are too inconsistent
Joubert may finish a podium but he has passed his prime, I will rule out Amodio and wont be saved by Morozov this time though,
in Pairs, Kavaguti/Smirnov are not competing , Smirnov had one of his appendices taken out and Aliona Savchenko injured her left leg
attempting again their 3A throws in practice but they may still compete
in Ladies, Tuktamysheva and Sotnikova are not eligible yet for Euros as they are too young, so they are NOT competing
with those updates said:
1 Javier Fernandez
2. Evegni Pluschenko
3. Michal Brezina
though Im hoping Korobeynikova finishes at the podium
3. Berton / Hotarek
1 Pechalat / Bourzat
2 Bobrova / Soloviev
3 Cappellini / Lanotte or Ilnykh/Katsalapov
as much as I dislike, Bobrova/Soloviev, I don't see I/K getting it all together yet
to finish ahead of them though I would love for them to get a podium finish but they will have competition from the Italians
Last edited by sky_fly20; 01-23-2012 at 05:13 AM.
Pairs S/S and V/T and B/L.
I think Fernandez is the one to beat if he skates like all season but i wish for a dinosaur podium of Kvdp , Plu and Jouby!
Dance: P/B, C/L and I/K.
Ladies Kostner and Leonova for sure, the third I don't know!
Btw Tatiana Flade tweeted tonight that aliona participation is not sure and that Plush left knee doesn't look great.
But a friend of mine wrote me: forget Fernandez, Chan will win euros as well!
Last edited by seniorita; 01-22-2012 at 05:47 PM.