Miki could win nationals against Mao. That is not an impossibility. But even if it was Mao, Miki, Suzuki, Murakami they wouldnt send Miki to Sochi? What they would assign her to 4CC and she would go? Yeah right. The Japanese federation knows from how they treated Miki when she was beaten at nationals and then sent to the Olympic what can happen! That skater can bomb awfully! So Miki if she wins a medal will go. No matter what anyone is saying like she has to win. It's just very doubtful that would hold. If it is a written rule that said skaters must have competed the previous season or participated in a GP it will have an emergency revision and if it is just a statement doubtful that would be held to. Either way written rule or verbal statement it will be thrown out. I have read the statement but don't know if the basis is written rule or statement.
1. Chan (whether he goes clean or splats on 3 jumps, the judges will still ensure he wins)
8. 3rd Japanese skater
2. Savchenko Szolkowy
3-6. Some order of Duhamel/Radford, Moore-Towers/Moscovitch, Pang/Tong, and Bazarova/Larionov. If Vera can somehow learn to jump, they could potentially take the bronze. Otherwise, any order of those 4 teams is completely plausible.
3. Bobrova/Soloviev (purely because of home ice advantage)
10. 3rd Russian team (R/T, S/Z, or even S/B)
10-South Korea (do they even have a pair or a men's skater?)
As long as those skaters reach minimums it doesn't matter if they didn't qualify for their discipline they can do team.
This is as irresistible as it is impossible. Here goes!
4. Moore Towers/Moscovitch
*Gold in silver may seem crazy, but her content is awesome, and she only needs to polish. Not so for most others.
**Takahashi would win gold if I could make it so, but I just think he's transitioning out of the competitive ranks.
***I've had a nagging feeling that those persistent V/M injuries could derail this season, and they could retire before Sochi. No evidence, just a gut sense.
Along with the minimum technical scores, these restrictions also might affect whether certain countries will have skaters in all four disciplines of the team event:
(1) "NOCs/ISU Members who do not have qualified Skaters/Couples in an individual OWG competition/discipline (Single Lady, Single Man, Pair Skating, Ice Dance), may benefit of an “Additional Athletes Quota” and enter into the Figure Skating Team Event 1 Skater/Couple. If applicable, each NOC may benefit of this Additional Athletes Quota for only one discipline of the Figure Skating Team Event."
(2) "The Additional Athletes Quota of up to 10 Skaters will be used giving preference to the best ranked “incomplete Teams” according to the ranking of the Figure Skating Team qualification list. The Additional Athletes Quota beyond the above-mentioned 10 Skaters cannot be exceeded and if not sufficient, the lower ranked “incomplete Teams” according to the ranking of the Figure Skating Team qualification list, may in such case not be able to complete their team."
One pair or one dance couple counts as two skaters toward the overall quota of ten.
So it is possible that the quota of ten will be used up among higher-ranking countries, and that one or more teams from the lowest-ranked countries will be left incomplete.
- Patrick Chan
- Yuzuru Hanyu
- Denis Ten
- Javier Fernandez
- Evgeni Plushenko
- Max Arron
- Daisuke Takahashi
- Jeremy Abbot
- Kevin Reynolds
- Brian Joubert
Do you guys think Patrick Chan will attempt this 4-3-3 next season? or was it just for fun?
1.-3. Chan, Fernandez, Hanyu (not sure about the order)
5. Plushy (If he will be there)
1. Kim (no doubt about that)
2. Asada (please Mao, work on 3f3lo!!!)
4. Kostner (she has not convinced me YET)
5. Murakami (too bad about the UR´s, I really started to like her)
6. Li (please little Li, work on your flutz!!! it is making me sad)
9. Gold (I know, 9 is low but I am unsure about her ability to handly the pressure )
Just for the heck of it, I'm going to go against the grain with the ladies and predict as follows:
1. Carolina Kostner
2. Yu Na Kim
3. Mao Asada
6. Akiko Suzuki
For the men, not including Plushenko or Lysacek:
I'm inclined to think Patrick's 4-3-3 combo was just for fun. If it isn't, not a very good decision because it won't even help him noticeably increase the BV of his free skate. He should practice a more difficult quad instead if he's going for more jump content.
Or keep the current layout and focus on skating clean because he hasn't been doing it for over a year.