R&T stayed with Shpilband after Worlds. They may well have been offered WTT and refused, preferring to keep working with Igor on some much needed improvements to their technical skills in preparation for the Olympic year competition for the third spot in Russia (and a very intense & crowded competition it will be, with Z&S, S&B, M&K and R&T all vying for the one spot.)
Even if they were not offered the WTT spot, the extra weeks with Igor's group may be a blessing in disguise.
Of course, it's also possible that Igor will not be there for some of it as Chock & Bates are competing for the US at WTT. The way teams are dropping out like flies, they are likely to medal too. Heck if W&P pull out, they could win it by default.
Here's the current line up.
US Chock & Bates
Russia Monko & Khaliavin
France Carron & Jones
China Yu & Wang
My biggest hope for this competition is that the Reeds & Yu & Wang manage to get their SB's scores up a bit higher.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 04-05-2013 at 07:06 AM.
Sorry to hear about P/B.
But, with little competition, this is a really great opportunity for W/P to really solidify themselves as a strong team after injury and GP flubs last season. Also a great chance for C/B.
deedee1, Has your husband seen Madison Chock before-now there is a girl who emotes over the top and fills the arena; and W&P are lovely, so it won't be an entirely lost part of the event.
1st - Canada
2nd - Russia
3rd - Japan (but no pairs could let them down)
4th - USA
5th - China
6th - France
Russia would have been in a better position had Bobrova/Soloviev been there in dance. Their #4 team Monko/Khaliavin won't place ahead of Weaver/Poje and Chock/Bates, and their singles probably won't medal. They have the top pair, but that's all.
Japan would be last in pairs and next to last in dance, and having Mura instead of Hanyu won't help.
With no Kostner, Wagner could medal and Gold could place top 4. Aaron should do pretty well, too, and Chock/Bates will probably place top two. Their only weak link is Pairs.
I tried to calculate the points for each discipline. Not difficult for pairs and dance, but really hard to rank singles.
1. Canada (by slight margin)
2. USA (have chance to fight for gold)
3. Japan (strong in singles, and home advantage)
4. Russia (top in pairs, girls are strong but the field is deep)
5. China (generally not competitive, Li and Yan's performances will be the key)
6. France (absences of P/B and Amodio cost a lot)
I think the key for the Americans is the pairs event. They would be dead last, except for Japan, if placements from WC hold. I think to have a shot, they've got to improve.
Who will win Team Spirit Award I wonder. Last year it was France and only Italy could come closer. Japanese were rather traditional, USA/Russians were sometimes boring and lazy in K&C, Canada got disqualifed.
This year Italy is out and I am positive China won't make K&C as much fun as Italians could. Russians have Trankov now who could be both drama queen and a good clown, so who knows. Canada doesn't have Moir, so it could be a good factor that they at least will stay in TSA competiton. USA will probably be the same as last year. Japan has both major stars on team, Mao and Dai, so it might add some spice to their K&C. Still I think even without Amodio and Natalie, who was the captain and the leader in K&C French stuff, France will win. But I don't know if they can make it as fun as they did last year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4cqCyWZyBY :
As for Waver/Poje, I have been rooting for them ever since they moved to Anjelika/Pasquale! Really looking forward to seeing their very beautiful Free Dance.
IMO, Igor definitely won Worlds in dance. For a guy who had no rink and only 2 teams (C&B and Tobias & Stagniunas) at this time last year, he was absolutely everywhere at Worlds, and all his students, except Riazanova & Tkachenko (and they weren't with him long), did better than ever, including Capellini & Lanotte, who finished 3rd in the FD & 4th overall.
Really, Igor rose from the dead remarkably quickly.
1 Patrick Chan
2 Kevin Reynolds
3 Daisuke Takahashi
4 Han Yan
5 Max Aaron
6 Jeremy Abbott
7 Takahito Mura
8 Brian Joubert
9 Maxim Kovtun
10 Konstantin Menshov
11 Yi Wang
12 Romain Ponsart
1 Mao Asada
2 Zijun Li
3 Adelina Sotnikova
4 Ashley Wagner
5 Akiko Suzuki
6 Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
7 Gracie Gold
8 Kaetlyn Osmond
9 Kexin Zhang
10 Mae Berenice Meite
11 Gabrielle Daleman
12 Lenaelle Gilleron-Gorry
1 Tatiana Volosozhar/ Maxim Trankov
2 Meagan Duhamel/ Eric Radford
3 Vanessa James/ Morgan Cipres
4 Marissa Castelli/ Simon Shnapir
5. Chang Peng/ Hao Zhang
1 Kaitlyn Weaver/ Andrew Poje
2 Madison Chock/ Evan Bates
3 Pernelle Carron/ Lloyd Jones
4 Ksenia Monko/ Kirill Khaliavin
5 Cathy Reed/ Chris Reed
6 Xiaoyang Yu/ Chen Wang