1.Mao Asada:Becuase it's going to be held in her home country, she's not going to lose her gold unless she makes major mistakes.
2.Gracie Gold:Another silver for Gracie. I realized that ever since Jr.Worlds 2012, she always gets silver medal if she manages to get any.
3.Kaetlyn Osmond:She is really consistent so far.
4.Suzuki Akiko:Unless she manages to do either NHK/GPF performance again, she won't be on the podium.
Well, I hope V/M wins, but they haven't been doing well with their FD.
3) Gold or Murakami
Alright, let's do this!
Since I have nothing else to go on and a half baked theory is better than tossing a coin, I'm going to go and say that they're taking turns at first place like civilized gentlemen. Therefore...
Hope Akiko's not actually going through a slump like some are suggesting
Predicting a Cdn sweep here just because its not THAT far fetched in this scenario
There's something wonky going on with the technical stuff of V/M's FD, and the changes they've made so far haven't been working. Don't know if they'll get the kinks out in time for 4CCs, but I doubt it'd be as polished as D/W's FD at this point either way.
A Canadian sweep
1-Davis & White
2-Virtue & Moir
3-Chock & Bates
Last edited by merrywidow; 02-04-2013 at 01:06 PM. Reason: computer tacked the 2nd & 3rd place ladies choices on after Dance predictions???
Gao could be one of those skaters who does better internationally versus nationally. Usually at Nationals, some skaters get big inflation in their PCS scores compared to internationally, and others get about the same. Christina's PCS at nationals were about the same from what she got on the GP, whereas someone like Agnes' or Gracie in the FS, got a significant PCS bump at Nationals from what they usually get internationally. So considering that I could see Gao doing well.
Silver: Shib Sibs
6th: Reed Sibs
Shibutanis in silver place is obviously going out on a limb, but their programs have come such a long way since the beginning of the season, especially their FD. So part of this is wishful thinking and part of it is thinking they could really pull ahead of V/M if they keep improving incrementally (the stars align just right)
Surprise: Look at Silver
Yup, the Americans get three pairs skaters into the top 6...but easier to do when their are only 8 teams.
Surprise: C/S move up to gold and S/K move up to bronze
Takahashi and Hanyu rule this event. Minor gets the best of Aaron at this competition and perhaps is a sign of things to come in Men's US skating
Surprise: Aaron takes silver
I hate putting Suzuki this low, so if she can regain her early season form, she'll move up to at least 3rd. Besides Suzuki, I think Gold really is the wild card hear. At US Nationals Gold stated (paraphrase) that she could come back from a poor SP to do a flawless FS and put up huge scores. I'm not quite sure that is the lesson to be learned, but will see if, and how, mentally prepared she is for 4CC. If she comes out on fire it'll be an interesting competition for silver and possibly even gold with Asada, Osmond, Gold, and Suzuki eying the top spot.
Surprise: Li Zijun, the Chinese upstart, has taken the last 2 1/2 months to really polish and refine her FS, takes bronze in the process.