Europeans-hopes dreams and reality
I like the top Europeans and Russians but am not up on what's happening or when. Can someone tell me who is hosting Euros this year and what we should be attuned to? Who is likely best podium bets and why? I'll make few guess and you Euro posters let me know what's really what.
The Ladies. I am hoping Kira takes gold. I love her SP music and program this year and the deeper knees. she is less awkward, better flow. I must confess I am dazzled by her beauty in that spring green glam confection. Best look of the season, aalong with Gracie gold's Sp, Mao's Lp and Ashley's LP. But has there been a more beautiful skater to ever come out of Europe? She really is a good skater, improving still at 24. I imagine she will marry some Prince after Sochi May she skate well
Leonova-will she be there? Which Russian ladies will be there? Liza is the best baby but I'm not sold on her though she is clearly mature beyond her years. Julia? Any word on her injury? Will she be ready? I love this little cracker but so far uber flexibility and jumps make a little whirling dervish. Not much soul/artistry yet, but she is a tiny package-box of chocolates for me. How many get invited or qualify for Euros, from any country?
Has Karo said she'd go? Luuurrve Caro-hope so-magestic is what I see-last two years. If she brings it, shes surely a lock. I wouldn't mind Korpi winning tho. Want her on podium of course. Hope Liza makes bronze or feisty fiery Leonova. Hate most programs but she's a very good skater. Irina S always comes to mind. Fireballs.
Men. Javier should win gold easily-yes? I hope. Joubert-great skater even now-silver for Brian-he'll be there? If Brian Falters, then flying fleet footed Amodio.
Bronze if not Amodio, I hope Michal Brezina can do two clean programs. I like this kid. I also like Artur and Max Kovtun. I am not sure if Plush is going to Euros? I thought I read he won't. Of course he's likely gold but Javier with 3 quads in his LP just won the LP against the best at GPF, so Euros doesn't belong to Plush-or does it? Catch me up, please.
Pairs: Are S/S out til Worlds? Then Euro gold must be Tat/Max. I don't really like Kava/Smirnoff or other top Russian pair all that much. Who else is likely on podium? I have not followed pairs much. I admit I am looking for a great NA team like S/P with their style/unison/chemistry/great programs. No Russian pair since B/S has captivated me. Tough shoes to fill the co-SLC gold medalists. S/S are like contortionists. I don't care for Ingo Steuer as a choreo if thats who does them. But their Athleticism is off the charts. If healthy, they likely win Sochi. How r they doing?
Ice dance: Gold should be Capellini/Lanotte (did I mess up names?) Only saw them 1-2 times but they are smooth-really a team. Love this handsome Italian pair. Silver Nathalie and Fabian who likely own the gold this season with the Stones-you can't miss. Fun skaters to watch-and oh so French. Bronze? Dunno
Please tell us who/what to expect for this great competition. Tks Euro fans!
Off the ice
Euros will be held in Zagreb.
Fernandez will do well if he shows up in GPF form. Not if he shows up in NHK form. Note that Plushenko will compete and he can never be written off.
Kostner makes her season debut at the Golden Spin this weekend and will compete in Euros, barring unforseen issues.
S/S competed at NRW last weekend and should be at Euros too.
P/B are the favorites for dance gold, not C/L.
Wicked Yankee Girl
And one cannot count out either Bobrova & Soloviev for bronze or silver. I do think I&K have been passed by them this season, since they won over i&K at GPF even with a disruptive fall in the free dance. I hope B&S will really skate their best at Europeans! They were very, very good at SkAm.
One does not simply skate into Sochi
I really hope Menshov will podium. He's great! But I'm not even sure if he is on the entry list. Ay idea where I can find it?
The national teams are usually decided after the NC...
Originally Posted by MaiKatze
That said, I would LOVE to see Caro winning another gold medal, she's (obviously) my favourite, I really hope she'll be in good shape, because I will be in Zagreb, and I would love to see her skating a winning program live! Then, I would like another Silver by Kiira, she's truly wonderful this year... And, please, Adelina, let's go there and win a medal!
If Plushenko is there, his reputation could give him a big advantage in the PCS, even if his jumps are not so good but I think that the favourite at the moment is Fernandez with his three quads: it will depend on his nerves: will he be able to control them? For the other medals, Amodio, Joubert and maybe Brezina (he just landed a 4S with +2 GOE at the NRW, so, if he's able to put everything together in his FS he could have a chance...)
In Ice Dance, P/B are obviously the Gold medalists, unless a big mistake (see Worlds 2011), then B/S, I/K, C/L are pretty there: it will depend on the panel, who will it like? Without his fall, B/S and C/L would have been really close at GPF...
And then the Pairs, I hope we'll be albe to watch a great V/T vs S/S duel, finally! Then the Bronze will be B/L and (only if Vera and Juri make big mistakes) K/S...
Wicked Yankee Girl
Yes, dance all depends on the panel.
Huge Scott Moir Fan
You got to see BS live? Lucky you! They are one of my favorite teams! I think that with clean skates, they can win silver, but not gold.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
Hoping Tuk can win Euros - would be a great confidence booster!
Wicked Yankee Girl
I did get to see them, and they were very good this year, and I really liked their style. I was totally OK with them winning silver over W&P at SkAm, despite the fact that I really like W&P, and have for a long time.
But I've got to say, the best dance I saw there, bar none, was D&W's Giselle SD, another shock, because I have hated the SD format since its inception; I expected to prefer one of the FD's. Really SkAm was a great dance comp in every way this year, and I'll have great memories of it for years.
leave no stone unturned
Julia is not age eligible for Euros and Worlds, the table of how many spots per country is here