If you had to pick the 1st 5 skaters for each discipline right now, who would it be?
2-Caro if she skates
Men: Chan, Hanyu, Fernandez, Ten, Takahashi.. if he leaves Morozov! If not, Reynolds. Seriously.
Ladies: Asada, Kim, Kostner, Wagner, Murakami.
Pairs: Volosozhar/Trankov, Savchenko/Szolkowy, Duhamel/Radford, Moore-Towers/Moscovitch, Bazarova/Larionov.
Dance: Davis/White, Virtue/Moir, Pechalat/Bourzat, Bobrova/Soloviev, Weaver/Poje (I think when P/B and W/P aren't recovering from injury, they are both better than Cappellini/Lanotte).
Originally Posted by koatcue
1. Volosozhar & Trankov
2. Savchenko & Szolkowy
3. Barazova & Larionov
4. Duhamel & Radford
5. Moore-Towers & Moscovitch
1. Davis & White
2. Virtue & Moir
3. Bobrova & Soloviev
4. Weaver & Poje
5. Capellini & Lanotte
2. Fernandez (crazy PCS, but what the hell)
5. A surprise
4. Gold (wistful thinking)
1 Yuna - by a clear lead
5 Plushenko - if he will be healthy
3 B/L - if no injuries next season
4 kevin reynords
MEN: Chan, Plushenko, Takahashi, Fernandez, Hanyu
WOMEN: Kim, Asada, Kostner, Wagner, Osmond
Since it's now the off-season, there's no reason to be conventional:
I think Max Aaron makes the podium.
I also think B/S sneak in for the silver in dance, just ahead of V/M.
Olympic judges have a way of driving a stake through the heart when they're ready for you to move on... see Torvill and Dean.
I could see Max going Top 5. These men showed they are not the most consistent bunch around.
Originally Posted by TontoK
Even as a huge D/W fan, the thought of V/M losing to B/S is not something I can handle. I enjoy making the wild predictions though before the GP brings us back to reality.
1. Javier Fernandez
2. Yuzuru Hanyu
3. Florent Amodio
4. Patrick Chan
5. Daisuke Takahashi
2. Virtue and her ice dance partner
Of course everything is just speculation now. Still, this season signaled a strong shift in the dance rivalry. It wasn't back-and-forth affair. D/W went 3-0 against the Canadians. Coupling that with the home-country appeal of B/S, whom the judges appear to like very much... and anything could happen.
Originally Posted by flutzy13
Inconsistency among the men in general is what prompted me to make a wild prediction of Aaron's medal chances. Sure, if everyone skates perfectly, then he has no shot. So far, he seems fairly immune to pressure. He's one of the few. A good finish in his first worlds, and the confidence gained from that experience. He could do it.
Oh goody I do love me a predictions thread
2. Kostner (only potential spoiler for gold and her chances of it are extremely low- maybe 15% at most)
3. Asada (only potential spoiler for silver and her chances of it are low- maybe 33% at most)
4-5. Some combo of Gold, Wagner, Suzuki, a Russian. Outside chance for Osmond, Li, Murakami. Any of these a potential spoiler for bronze but chances low at this point (less than 10%)
1. Davis/White and can I get a woo-hoo.
3. B/S (must learn how to spell his last name)
4-5. C/L, W/P, or P/B in some order. Any has an outside chance of bronze.
very tiny margin
3-5. MTM, D/R, B/L in some order
Men is the hardest to predict. I don't think Chan will have that many falls advantage next year. The backlash is too great. Especially at that kind of grand scale.
Ladies - top 3 are locked. Their PCS can afford them 2 pops/URed-falls in the LP. And at least one pop/fall in the SP. Even if the other girls are perfect, they still need these three to really really mess it up. The way Yuna is skating, no chance. The way Carolina is keeping herself together, no chance. The way Mao is fighting back, no chance. This will be just like 2010 Olympics where Yuna, Mao, and Joannie are locked for the podium. You can have Zijun/Gold/Liza/Adelina/Ashley skate light out, and they would still be 10 points back just like Mirai/Miki did.
Dance - D/W will get the gold. V/M might retire, C/L for the bronze (I hope)
Pairs - V/T will get the gold. The two Canadians will be on the podium. There are a lot of good will for them next year. They got noticed. S/S are out. They are overrated, and messy.
Forever stuck on those steps
I'm not completly sold on Denis Ten yet. He had a clean SP and a clean FS, which is amazing, but I guess the next season will show if he can hang onto that. For now, the top 4 are still Chan, Takahashi, Hanyu and Fernandez. The 5th one might be Plushenko, I'm still hoping for Kozuka though.
Top 3 is a given - Kim, Asada and Kostner. Murakami really had a great worlds and an overall solid season, I guess she has good chances for top 5. My last pick would be a russian, Sotnikova or Tuktamysheva, depending on who does better next season.