3 Kanako or Osmond
3 Kanako or Osmond
3. Aaron - he could set himself up well for his first time at Worlds if he can medal here
2. Moore-Towers/ Moscovitch
Neither Pang/Tong nor Sui/Han is listed as competing at 4CC; in fact, there are only two Chinese teams listed now, so the field is down to eight pairs.
Last edited by SubRosa; 01-28-2013 at 12:47 PM.
i would like it to be 1) gracie
1. Kaetlyn Osmond
2. Gracie Gold
3. Christina Gao
4. Akiko Suzuki
5. Mao Asada
1 hanyu (Fernandez' performance at Europeans definitely gave an indication that he and hanyu are pushing each other)
2 daisuke (hanyu beat akahashi at nationals)
3 Miner (Ross miner has had a lot of good skates in Japan. His two Gand pix medals came from NHK. Also internationally he has more experience than Aaron).
Outside surprises max Aaron (us champion) Kevin Reynolds (he can do 2 quads in the short and 3 in the long like he did at nationals and got 261) and
1 duhamel and (they have the tricks that no one else can do. Sbs 3Lz and 3S 2T 2T and throw 3Lz)
2 mooretowers and moscovitch (finished just 2 points behind duhamel and radford at nationals)
3 cheng/peng (just for a surprise)
castelli/shnapir are outside favourites but can cause an upset.
The tide has shifted to the americans but this is usually the time when the tide comes back to virtue and moir. While their short dances are now equally as good it's all going to come down to the free dance and only from that view I think Davis and white will beat virtue and moir. While v m have been pushing the sport with Their modern Carmen, it is the American's Norte dame fd that's been calling the highest levels by the panel and higher pcs. However it's going to be close nonetheless and who knows? Anything can happen
1 Davis and white
2 virtue and moir
3 Chock and bates
Outside surprises include the shibutanis who have lost favour from judges but can easily come back.
What's with putting Osmond ahead of Asada? I get that the girl is talented, but...
5. Gao or Zawadzki
5. Aaron or Rippon
(The men's field is looking like a repeat of Skate America.)
1. Takahashi (IMO He's got the momentum after nationals)
ForeverFish, Kozuka did not get assigned to 4CC. Unless there was a change not registered yet, the 4CC roster still lists Mura.
Last edited by FTnoona; 01-29-2013 at 04:28 AM.
Well, color me embarrassed. My eyes skimmed right down Mura's name to Kozuka's (he's the first alternate).
The competition is in Japan and there are four Asian judges (CHN, JPN, TPE, KOR). I don't expect to see more than one non-Asian skater on the Men's and Ladies podiums.
1. Hanyu or Takahashi
2. Takahashi or Hanyu
4. Han Yan
Well, wallylutz, you obviously have an anti-Gold bias, so of course from your point of view, anyone who doesn't predict Osmond to win every competition has an anti-Osmond bias.
Osmond is quite good but she has only two Senior international competitions on her resume, both with limited fields and both in the early fall. Now if she had had a clean SP and a clean 7-triple FS in both competitions, I might understand the Osmond hype. But she had only 4 clean triples in the Nebelhorn FS and only 3 clean triples in the SC FS. Her SP is consistently good, but her FS is consistently not quite so good.
I have my skepticism about Gold as well. I'd like to see more consistency from her, and better choreography. I'm hoping for a top 10 finish from Gold at Worlds, nothing more. Wisely, that is Osmond's goal for herself.
Incidentally, Gold has already competed against a field of top ladies at 2012 WTT, her first Senior international competition. She finished 5th out of 12 and beat both Leonova and Murakami.