Singles dramatically outweighs pairs and dance so with that Japan us Canada are far stronger in this competition then anyone else. The issues with the Russian singles program make them a long shot even if they come in first in pairs and dance.
"Yunabot" is personally derogative. It connotes YuNa's seemingly detached facial expressions when she skates; YuNa uses her body rather than her face to express her music.
My prediction is almost the same as FSGMT's.
United States of America
For me it is a hard to predict the Team winner of Gold this year. Canada, Russia, Japan and US all have very good team members.
I am pretty sure that China and France will likely be 5th and 6th. But who knows anything can happen.
Yu-na Dhole is far superior.
Anyways my two bits are that the US probably have the most solid team - solid two men, very solid two ladies and a solid dance and pairs team (might be more vulnerable only because Canada is so solid now and there are the Chinese and Russians ahead of them as well probably. Too bad about D and W and V and M - I think V and M should have skated and let poor W and P rest after the injury. Maybe a good skate would help v and m as well. chock and bates are on a roll so W and p could be in trouble. Japan is counting on their singles skaters especially. If this were all out total points Canada would have a better chance probably
If B and S can win the dance the real battle is between the injured teams with the same coach - W and P versus P and B could C and B from the US come up the middle and place second? Could C and B win it all or could they have a huge set back as sometimes happens when one is moving so fast they can't keep up with everything. All the teams have major weaknesses. Japan dance and pairs. Canada - ladies. France - ladies Russia - men ; china is the weakest and most vulnerable overall as in all categories they are at best up and coming - dance is really weak but since you need 2 men and 2 ladies they are vulnerable - could do fairly well in singles but it is a crap shoot with this team. The US is the most sold. The pairs team could beat D and R, the chinese and French but unlikely all of them.
So Osmond falls on her FS. So did Sasha Cohen, and she has a bunch of World medals and an Olympic silver....
Osmond is no where near comparable to Carolina
even at her age Carolina had superior jumping arsenal
If Gracie skates clean again, she will set up for next Season her PCS will skyrocket
and she will finally become the No.1 US lady, Gracie is already getting heavy media attention more than Wagner who won't challenge for a medal anyways
The question mark is our infamous girls. They are not competition if they skate like they always do..If they somehow manage to pull Osmond, Gracie, Li I'll be happy,seriously.
As for this competition, Russia has a clear advantage being a lock to win two of the disciplines. But given the inconsistencies of the Russian singles' skaters, and Canada essentially being #2's in pairs and ice dance, and having two top 5 men, I actually think Canada might win it.
It will be very close though.
The Canadian men should both get around 20 points. (e.g. Chan 1st, Reynolds 5th; Chan 2nd, Reynolds 4th).
The Canadian women should get at least 11 points collectively, even in a less-than-ideal scenario where Osmond comes 5th and Daleman comes 10th
D/R should come 2nd and get 11 points.
W/P should come 2nd or 3rd, and get 10-11 points.
Total prediction: around 53 points.
Russian men are a question mark. Let's say Kovtun does his best and Menshov also does okay and they place 7th and 9th, that's 10 points. (though I'm predicting they'll be 9th and 11th, slightly better than Russia last year)
Russian women are also a question mark, but let's say they both do well and end up 3rd and 5th, that's 18 points
Pairs get 12, Ice Dance get 12.
Total prediction: 52 points
A lot is riding on how Daleman/Sotnikova/Tuktamysheva and Kovtun/Menshov handle themselves.