I would send Lipnitskaja and Tuktamysheva. Lipnitskaya can medal in an individual event, she MUST be on the team(if not, i will be so mad at RusFed). Tuktamysheva on the other hand would be a great part of a team event. Lipnitskaja can do short and then Liza can do a great FS. As for Sotnikova, she can bomb both SP and FS, so it is risky...
Fantastic GP debut for Pogorilaya. Julia should have her ticket stamped at this point, but Pogo certainly gave reason for Sotnikova and Tuktamysheva to start getting nervous. Although Sotnikova has a better shot still unless Pogo proves consistency.
That said, this isn't the first time I'm saying that IF Anna keeps this up, and if neither Liza nor Adelina can pull it together, she is both a contender and in fact should be granted the 2nd spot.
Anna has medalled at nearly every international event (if not every one-I could have missed some Senior B or other) that she has attended since she was a late addition to last year's Russian junior team.
3rd Zagreb JGP (Her 2 JGPs were one week apart)
1st Chemnitz JGP
3rd World Juniors
In the midst of all that, she went through her growth spurt and still managed to keep her jumps.
She has a relatively weak field at TEB, and it's entirely possible she will make the GPF.
If she makes the GPF, I would not be at all surprised to see her PCS rise, particularly if she doesn't finish dead last there.
That's been the way PCS has worked in the past.
Look at the jump content from kostner and it's mind boggling sotnikova lost to her in the fs! Sotnikova messed up both flips, had no three jump combo because for some bizarre reason the 3 jump combo is after a flip, and didn't Do a 3/3 and had really low levels. She was beyond bad in her fs and was rescued by her sp. Russian nationals will be filled with eligible girls with great content in their fs. Because Adelina just has the worst fs deisgn of any current skater I wouldn't be surprised if she placed third at euros of Russians there. Her best hope involves lizas sp problems and judges/fed not giving pogorilaya the scores. The self inflicted wounds by sotnikova are so disturbing! How can a skater not stop doing Something That costs her over and over and over? She should have won coc easy but her fs had 2 flips! If her coaches won't change That she needs to take charge and when she does a fs do other jumps! Unless she's committed to the two flips and failure herself!
Yes, almost anything would be better than 2 flips, and particularly hanging the 3 jump combo on one of them
I think Anna is third best right now. I have Liza second. I think Liza looks more mature on the ice then Anna. Anna still looks like a junior. But if Liza can't get her SP together she will lose her spot for sure. But the future looks bright for Russia on the ladies side.
Let's face it this was the weakest GP in terms of competition for the Ladies event. Anna would have been off the podium at SC for instance. But it's going to be brutal for those 2 spots for the Russian girls.
Not saying it doesn't happen. But I would think that the judges and officials would make a point of standing on their own independence and integrity.
I prefer Elizaveta to Adelina. I think Elizaveta's problems are mental. She has some sort of mental block about the SP, because there is no reason for her to do as poorly as she does, given her fabulous long programs and flawless jump technique. On the other hand, Adelina's problems are due to poor jump technique. Her technique on her flutz, flip and axel is awful. She's never going to be able to get through a long program with her flawed jump technique, whereas Liza has the potential to skate better short programs if she gets over her mental block.