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Dream podiums for worlds?
I am not thinking of tactics for Sochi, but for people who have great programs and also some age. Suzuki has battled much, and if she is to be WC it is this year. She is so all around wonderful. I wish her great luck...would she be the oldest ladies champion at Worlds? How old was Maria B? Akiko is so complete-she needs luck and love from the judges. Also, this is the first year I feel Kira is more fluid...again her age and years. She is blindingly beautiful and I am thrilled for her recent success. It's great to see Europeans and Northamericans podium. I'd like to see Ashley peak with her LP and skate as well if not better than last year. Silver or bronze. If one of our most talented teens like Goldie or Aggie pulls an upset over the vets, well, wunderbar.
Sentimentally I'd love to see Akiko win if she brings her A game and one of our ladies podium-Ashley as the most senior and our champion and Kira prove she made right decision heading for Sochi. Her skating is finally catching up to the uber elegance. Glam should not matter but beauty is part of ladies and when these stunning girls skate like great athletes, it is just lovely-beauty is of course subjective but is healing in a fragile scary world. I won't be disappointed if they are outs kated big time by a teen prodigy-just hope it is Goldie or Aggie if that happens. Do you have a sentimental podium? Of course, may the best win that event.
1. Takahiko Kozuka
2. Javier Fernandez
3. Jeremy Abbott
1. Ashley Wagner or Akiko Suzuki
2. Ashley Wagner of Akiko Suzuki
3. Mao Asada
Thinking about this it was surprising to me how little I care about everything except for Mens
I once was more engaged in Pairs and Ladies too,but the haven't caught my attention yet
Who knows who is even going to go to Worlds. Assuming these picks show up...
Men: G Chan S Plush B Hanyu
Women: G Yuna S Ashley B Adelina
Wagner (yes, I'm being partisan)
Davis and White
I usually do not reply in the thread like this but your list is surprisily the same as mine! They have been my favorites since 2008.
Originally Posted by ivy
As for Abbott, I think I became a figure fan shortly before Vancouver olys mostly because of his perfect National performances and I almost gave up seeing FS after I saw his very disappointing results there.
His conditions seem to be not the best this season but I can always dream of his being on the podium at Worlds. For whatever reasons, I cannot stand the fact that he has never been on the podium at Worlds yet.
And even though I like Chan and Kozuka very much, I would like to put Oda in the list too. After such silly mistakes, misfortunes and injuries, he has very good programs this year and deserves some redemption.
Ladies have been subpar this season to me. Can Yuna deliver after the long sit out? I wish all the best for her. Want to see her build momentum step by step until Sochi regardless of Worlds this year.
Maybe this year is Kiira's last chance for World podium so I hope she does well enough for it.
Pair and Dance are somewhat predictable even if I have my own favorite... so I don't think it is so much a DREAM podium.
On the Ice
Hmmm...dream podiums would be:
1. Daisuke Takahashi
2. Javier Fernandez
3. Patrick Chan
(would love to see Florent Amodio on the podium too, but I don't think that will ever happen)
1. Ashley Wagner
2. Mao Asada
3. Gracie Gold
(I also like Akiko, as many of you mentioned, but I just think it would be so awesome if Gracie made the World podium)
(honestly I'd like to see Weaver/Poje at the top of the podium, but that might be a little too wishful)
Last edited by Butterscotch17; 11-11-2012 at 12:46 AM.
I was going to post my picks... then I saw this and realized Imaginary already did the typing for me 100% ITA
Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue
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I had to count. 22 posters are dreaming of javier on the podium. He is one loved, respected skater. I believe we will see it. If Chan is great Chan and Dai is fabulous Dai, well, 1,2 but Hanyu is young and runs out of steam.
I hope someone emails javier if he has an international forum and tells him we -many-dream him onto the podium. I feel he is so deserving. I would love an upset and see orser have a male who is world champion. That would be fun. Ah, the men are so wonderful right now, it is hard to dream for one and not the other. It must be very interesting watching Orser train Javi and Hanyu. Javi is still with Orser yes? At least I thought so. Hope I'm not wrong.
If so Orser could have two students on the podium if Chan and Dai bomb. I hope they don't. I love it when it is close, actually, but I loved Brian as an amateur. It was heartbreaking to watch him win silver the second time. I just see a bit of Orser in javier's style. Best to all and especially Javi who is a bit of an underdog despite great skating.
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Off the ice
I mainly think it would be good for the development of Spanish skating, and it's important for the future of skating to have the sport succeed in more countries. But I'm actually not that big a fan of Javier's - he's a good entertainer with some very good jumps, but I find him a bit overrated at the moment. IMO he has some faults that wouldn't be so quickly overlooked by fans (or even the judges) if he were one of the other European skaters.
Originally Posted by skateluvr
OTOH, he was undermarked for years, so I guess he was due for some love from the judges.
I don't usually state my dream podium or predictions for men's events. It is a long-standing policy of mine
Fernandez is one of the most overscored skaters now. Just because he beat Patrick once doesn’t mean he’s a consistent skater. Fernandez hasn’t even gotten TES of 87 or above in his whole life, while other top skaters like Patrick and Yuzru have scored over 90 more than once this year. Plus, unlike other top skaters, this Fernandez almost has no skating skills at all and his posture is one of the worst. His SP is one of the most boring and empty programs of the season, and there’s neither showmanship nor entertainment in that program. Why was Fernandez’ PCS higher than Oda’s at SC? Fernandez got insane PCS inflation.
I don't think lakeside was that vitrolic, to be honest. I agree with Buttercup in that with Javier, there's a bit of the underdog aspect. He left Morosov (which instantly means we want him to succeed), comes from a federation where skating isn't that big (and we'd like it to be so. I think Spain should definitely be hosting a GPF or Europeans sometime within the next five years) and seems to be a nice guy. If he has faults that we overlook, I'd argue it's because he was undermarked for years, unlike those other European skaters who seemed to be constantly overmarked no matter what they do.
I'm a little surprised at the veneration of Oda, though. His PCS don't deserve to be THAT high - I'd love to see someone explain why they feel otherwise.