Noted that some of the skaters are doing a second event:
Ladies: Kuchvalska (LAT), Sakhanovich (RUS)
Pairs: Ono/To (HKG), Vigalova / Zakroev (RUS)
Dance: Bent/Mackeen (CAN), Ghislandi/Ortenzi (ITA), Smith/Eisenbauer (AUT), Popova/Vlasenko (RUS)
Was wondering why there was no Prölß/Blommaert assigned if Prölß is doing singles here...didn't realize Blommaert is already 21 and thus ineligible. Pairs combos are weird sometimes with that age rule.
Leah is assigned? After her bad summer results, I would not be surprised if she was "suggested" to WD...
Russian Ladies (main and substitute) at three first Events
Evgenia MEDVEDEVA X - -
Serafima SAKHANOVICH X - X
Natalia OGORELTSEVA S X S
Maria SOTSKOVA S - S
Julia LI - X -
Alsu KAIUMOVA - S -
Maria STAVITSKAIA - - X
Evgenia GERASIMOVA - - S
Alexandra PROKLOVA - - S
Uliana TITUSHKINA - - S
Russian Men (main and substitute) at three first Events
Adian PITKEEV X - -
Vladislav TARASENKO X - -
Alexei KRASNOZHON S - S
Alexei GENIA - X -
Andrei LAZUKIN - X -
Murad KURBANOV - S S
Mikhail KOLYADA - - X
Alexander SAMARIN - - X
Moris KVITELASHVILI - - S
Artem LEZHEEV - - S
Alexander PETROV - - S
http://www.fskate.ru/photos/image21400.jpg will skate in Koshice.
I'll briefly introduce her: she trains in TsCKA with coach Inna Goncharenko in the same group with Lena Radionova, Alexander Samarin. She has fantastic extensions as well as 3F+3T, 3Lz+3T, 3F+1Lo+3S and a good presentation on ice. In spring 2013 she won Chrystal Skate International competition by delivering two clean programs, I personally saw her flawless Free Skate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwec9...r_embedded#t=0
Lots of changes as of 9/03:
MEN: Andras CSERNOCH (HUN) out, no replacement
Chantelle KERRY (AUS) out, replaced by Kailani CRANE. Kerry will skate in JGP DANSK.
Annabelle PRÖLß (GER) out, replaced by Lutricia BOCK, who finished 7th in JGP RIGA
Valentina MIKAC (CRO) out, replaced by Tena COPOR
Elia SMYTH / Jordan DODDS (AUS), Katharina LESSER / Viktor KREMKE (GER)
both pairs as well as Caitlin FIELDS / Sebastien ARCIERI (CAN) will skate in JGP OSTRAVA.
My prediction for ladies:
1st & 2nd: Karen Chen or Serafima Sakhanovich
3rd & 4th: Haejin Kim or Maria Stavitskaya
5th & 6th: Riona Kato or Barbie Long
More changes as of 9/05:
Matej GREGORC (SLO) out, no replacement
Alexander SAMARIN (RUS) replaced by Moris KVITELASHVILI
Naja FERKOV (SLO) out, no replacement
Maria STAVITSKAIA (RUS) replaced by Alexandra PROKLOVA
Leah KEISER (USA) replaced by Karen CHEN
Betina POPOVA / Yuri VLASENKO (RUS) replaced by Kristina BAKLANOVA / Andrei BAGIN
It seems as if Russian assignments are a shot in the dark, and you never know who will actually show up to skate.
Hope the field for this event doesn't completely decay like Mexico City did, size wise.
There weren't even enough teams in the dance event to give out all of the potential ISU ranking points!
Not to worry. Twenty dance teams are scheduled for Kosice, so even if half of them dropped off, there would still be 10 left to get points!
Top ladies contenders in this competition are:
Hae Jin Kim
If another girl which I haven't mentioned above medals, I will be really surprised. My podium guess: Chen, Sakhanovich, Proklova.