she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
For the ladies, I say the momentum is on Mao's side. I'm going to go with her. I just love her LP this year, it's exquisite and the music maybe an old warhorse but there is also no other lady skater right now who could do it justice like Mao can.
It's looking hard for Ashley to make the podium. I'm guessing Yuna and Carolina will share the podium with Mao but there are also the Russian ladies. One thing for sure is that it's going to be a real competition. Yay!
I really have been struggling to keep up this season so I have to watch the men. I wouldn't have predicted that Chan would be as vulnerable as he is! I'm still going with him for gold though. For now...
I think Mao has a high chance of winning if she skates clean(both SP and FS), but that's unlikely to happen. When was a last time that Mao skated a clean SP&FS with 1~2 3As and 3F+3Lo(no downgrades or URs)?
Originally Posted by Layfan
Of course, Mao can definitely win with a SP&FS exactly like 4CC(though I'd expect her total score to be slightly lower) over Yuna with few(more than 3) major mistakes
1. Virtue/Moir (the superior team by far but will they be rewarded for the extreme difficulty & innovation of their modern dance Carmen program?)
2. Davis/White (will probably win because their FS is clean & precise – but predictable & one dimensional)
3. Pechalat/Bourzat (twighlight days for this senior team)
Bobrova/Soloviev and Ilynikh/Katsalapov could possibly beat P/B; they have less technical difficulty altho better expression & connection)
Men: (wide open with such depth)
But with a number of talented guys right there to swoop onto the podium if anyone falters.
Ladies: (also somewhat wide open with depth)
But in the hunt are Asada, Suzuki, Korpi,Osmond, Gold and the Russians. Whoever brings it on the day.
2. Savchenko/Szolkowy (or the other way around – both amazing)
I also agree that South Korea and Italy won't really need 3 spots for the Olympic games I think Yuna said she wants 3 spots so she can compete at Sochi with other young skaters from South Korea, but still, I don't think they'll be Top.15 skaters by Sochi 2014. On the other hand, it would be really unfair to see that skaters like Mirai, Agnes and Christina who all have potential to be in Top.15 won't be at Sochi 2014 just because, for example, US only has 2 spots for Sochi 2014. Considering that, I'd put my list like this:
Originally Posted by Cherryy
5.Adelina Sotnikova:I just prefer Adelina over Liza because she's an all-around skater(though Liza is definitely much better at jumps, since Liza doesn't flutz)
Which is very unlikely to happen And this isn't my wish list, as I hope Yuna wins gold medal at Worlds
I think it's unfair that ISU doesn't give 3 spots to the country that really needs them(for example, US, Russia and Japan), but give 3 spots away to country that gold and silver medalists represent(if they're the only one from their country competing at Worlds). But rules are rules...