How many skaters have legitimate chances at 2014 Olympic Gold as it looks now.
I was just thinking that right now it is looking like more skaters than any other Olympics in history will have a legitimate chance of the gold medal. Right now I would Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Adelina Sotnikova, Yu Na Kim, Julia Lipnitskaia, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Mao Asada, Caroline Kostner, all have a chance at the gold at next years Olympics. Then I would say additional skaters who have no chance at the gold but a chance at a medal would be Akiko Suzuki, whoever the #3 Japanese is (Murakami, Imai, maybe in an unlikely event Ando), possibly even the #3 American, Korpi, Kexin, if she makes the Russian team Leonova, but that would drop the # of gold contenders to only 7 as she will bump off one of them. So basically as many as 8 gold contenders, and as many as 13 medal contenders. It is an interesting contrast to past Olympics:
Gold contenders- Poetzsch, Fratianne, Lurz. (3)
Medal/non gold contenders- Watanabe, Marie Allen, Biellmann. (6)
Gold contenders- Sumners, Witt. (2)
Medal/non gold contenders- Zayak, Chin, Kondrashova, Ivanova, Voderezova, Leistner, Rueben. (9)
Gold contenders- Thomas, Witt, Manley. (3)
Medal/non gold contenders- Ivanova, Trenary, Kadavy. (6)
Gold contenders- Yamaguchi, Ito, Harding. (3)
Medal/non gold contenders- Bonaly, Kerrigan. (5)
Gold contenders- Kerrigan, Bauil, Bonaly. (3)
Medal/non gold contenders- Sato, Chen, Chouinard. (6)
Gold contenders- Kwan, Lipinski. (2)
Medal/non gold contenders- Butyrskaya, Chen, Slutskaya, Bobek, Hubert, Gusmeroli, Szewcenko. (9, really 8 since Tanja withdrew)
Gold contenders- Kwan, Slutskaya, Hughes. (3)
Medal/non gold contenders- Cohen, Butyrskaya. (5)
Gold contenders- Slutskaya, Arakawa, Cohen. (3)
Medal/non gold contenders- Suguri, Kwan, Kostner, Meissner. (7, really 6 since Kwan withdrew)
Gold contenders- Kim. (1)
Medal/non gold contenders- Rochette, Asada, Ando. (4)
Last edited by pangtongfan; 10-22-2012 at 12:42 AM.
It could go to either Wagner-Lipnitskaia-Kim-Ando-Kostner-Asada or Suzuki.
Asada may not have been on Yuna's level but she was certainly on a higher level than ando or rochette! I think she was on the gold level.
All other years seem more right.
2012 sotnikova can't beat Osmond and Gao! You think that is like Mao being a non medalist at 2009 worlds or not medaling at 2009 cup of Russia??
There does seem to be a lot if good contenders but some have to show a senior win ability and lipnitskaia won over korpi but needs more like a gp as well as gold and this season too. I doubt 2014 gold medalist won't win anything until the 2013-2014 season!!
Julia, Ashley, Mao, Liza, Gracie and maybe Carolina
Last edited by sky_fly20; 10-22-2012 at 04:02 AM.
Simply the best.
So many, which is to tell we have incredibly deep field ib both singles disciplines. It's really amazing.
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The Ladies field will be SO exciting in Sochi!
But I think that, in 2010, Japanese fans still considered the Olympic gold a Mao vs Yu-Na battle, even if we knew that Yu-Na was far better than Mao, especially considering the 2009-2010 results before Olys...
Japanese fans weren't the only ones. I thought so, too, and I'm assuming a lot of other people did as well. I remember seeing a poster here say that YuNa and Mao were an entire different level of skater from everyone else, and I remember agreeing. Both were light-years ahead of the rest of the world in terms of quality. Add to that the slipperiness of ice and the uncertainty of life, and either of these stellar ladies could have won if certain conditions had been different. As it was, YuNa unquestionably dominated in Vancouver, and no one else has caught up to her in the intervening years.
Yuna was far better but I think it's fair to say Mao was a legitimate contender for gold. It's not common for someone to skate the two best programs of their career at the Olympics, which is what Yuna accomplished.
Originally Posted by FSGMT
I thought Asada and Rochette were neck and neck before Vancouver, and that is exactly how it turned out. Asada did a clean short with a squeeky clean triple axel combo and ended up only 2 points ahead of Rochette and her triple-double, and both made mistakes in the long, Asada did her 2 triple axels, and barely stayed ahead of Rochette. Actually based on their skating coming into the Games I thought Rochette was more likely to get the silver than Asada, Asada raised her game up and skated better than she did most of the season, and still needed a couple carless errors from Rochette in the long to get the silver. Had Joannie's Mom not died before the Games I think she would have skated a bit better and been 2nd to be honest.
Originally Posted by Olympia
I never thought Kim could lose the Gold unless she bombed. I always viewed it as more a coronation than competition for her.
That's exactly it, DrivingMissDaisy. A lot of splendid skaters have gone into the Olympics and skated adequately but not up to their potential. The pressure of that venue must be almost unbearable. Some of these skaters have even lucked out and won, because everyone else did even worse. But in Vancouver, YuNa really laid it down. No one could have beaten her that night--possibly no woman who has ever skated. As a viewer, I'll always be grateful to her for making the Olympic experience so wonderful for skating fans (not just her fans!). Often the Olympics can be a letdown to watch because skaters pull back or have a bad night or whatever, but YuNa left nothing undone. The great thing is that all the other final women skaters also pulled it out and skated magnificently, so the entire evening was an awesome experience for viewers (in the stadium and onscreen). How often does that happen? As I see it, there were no losers that night, and I can only hope for that kind of quality in Sochi.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy