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.