And then there were 10... (ladies)
At the beginning of this quad, 100s of skaters dreamed of being the Olympic champion in Sochi.
Now only 10 skaters have a realistic chance of winning an OGM in 2014.
(In no particular order)
Who. Will. Win?
Off the ice
Actually, I think Patrick Chan, Javier Fernandez, Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi all have a good chance of winning. Also Volosozhar/Trankov and Savchenko/Szolkowy. And Davis/White and Virtue/Moir.
Which is to say: I wish that when posting a thread focused only on the ladies (or any other discipline), people will note that it is indeed discipline-specific.
As for your list, I disagree. It's probably Yuna vs. Carolina and some of the young Russians. Wagner, Asada and Suzuki are medal candidates, but unlikely to win it all. Murakami and Gold have no chance unless it's a splatfest.
I'd take Kanako out of there and put in Kaetlyn- jeez with those 2 massive threads about her, how could you possibly forget haha! (not that they both realistically have a chance, but I think Kaetlyn has a better chance at this point)
I dunno, it's just my opinion but I think Kanako and Akiko are not formiddable forces to be reckoned with in Sochi...Just my subjective opinion! And I think Osmond will have a say in it..so she should be on this list)
the Golden Era
Kanako has a chance
but i think Akiko is waning down a bit, and age is not on her side
out of the new girls, Julia if injury free by next season should really make a standout
shame that this season she had 3 injuries, she was not able to give everything but I hope to see her soon
I think you'll have a better idea of who will be on that list after World's. Just saying...
We don't even know if all those skaters will even make it to the Olympics.
I would take Kanako and Suzuki off that list- they are getting no favors from the judges.
That leaves the 4 blondes- Ashley, Gracie, Julia, Carolina- vs the 4 non-blondes - Yuna, Mao, Liza, and Adelina.
So will it be a blonde or non-blonde, that is the important question
Originally Posted by Reginald
I would agree that all of those ladies have a shot at a medal, but really, only a clutch of them have the chance at gold.
Potential Gold medalists are: Kim, Kostner, Sotnikova, Tuk and to a lesser degree, Asada.
Outside shot at a bronze medal: Russian #3, Wagner, Suzuki, Korpi.......Gold/Osmond
Let us see how worlds pan out!
Yes, I don't think that kanako has any opportunity of becoming the olympic champion, maybe a medal, just if a lot of the top skaters bomb, but not winning; yes, this list with Kaetlyn instead of Kanako would be really correct... Sochi 2014 will be a bloody battle in Ladies!!
Ashley's definitely not a blonde. So much for your symmetry.
Originally Posted by guanchi
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
Was thinking the same thing only I'd throw Asada in the mix for gold. At least she has the potential.
Originally Posted by Buttercup
I think it will be much easier to respond to this thread after worlds. Then we'll see what really going on with Yuna and how the Russians fare and Carolina. Ashley and Gracie have to be smashing to move up to OGM gold medal potential status.
the Golden Era
ah yes, she just dyed her hair, lol
Originally Posted by bigsisjiejie
Julia I think is not blonde also, maybe wheatish hair
I still think it's too early to judge for anyone. With injuries and sudden reversals in fate, you never know. For example, at 2009 nationals no one would've guessed that Mirai would've done so well at the Olympics. Even throughout her GP season in 2010 before the Olympics she wasn't ready. I'm not saying that Mirai is going to be the next OGM because it's unlikely. But I think there are still many skaters that could surprise us.