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    Who Will Be The Ladies " Underdog" at the Olympics?

    We all know who the ladies fighting for the Gold at the Olympics will be, but sometimes a skater comes in as "the underdog" and winds up taking the Gold or Silver or Bronze. I remember Elizabeth Manley at the 1988 Olympics. No one expected Elizabeth to make it to the podium let alone with the Silver medal. The big rivalry was between Katarina Witt and Debbie Thomas. However, Liz rose to the occasion and had the best skater of her life. So who do you think will be the "underdog" at Sochi?

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    Well, since she just became Japanese Champion, she can't really be called an underdog, but my gut feeling tells me that Akiko will have another skate of her life at Sochi - plus this time, no UR call on her SP combo

    I can't picture anyone but the "big names" on the podium: Kim, Suzuki, Asada, Lipnitskaya, Kostner, Wagner(unlikely?).

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    I see Suzuki as a medal threat too, and even if she's not technically an underdog, she's not usually cited as one of the main contenders for the podium either.

    I think there might be more possibilities on the men's side of a dark horse winning the race or getting a medal. Machida is a definitely possibility, and there are quite a few veterans on the men's side that could, on a good day or the skate of their life, contend for the podium, especially if one of the top men falter. We haven't seen much of Ten this season due to injuries, Verner has had a great season outside the GP circuit, Joubert on a good day could still contend, and Abbott if he can get the jumps together, and even Rippon. (A few of those might be wishful thinking, but on the other hand, stranger things have happened, and any one of them could potentially have a Paul Wylie moment.)

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    Lipnitskaya could sneak in for a silver or bronze. Mao isn't a lock.. she might have looked like one before, but we just saw Akiko (and Kanako) dethrone her at Japanese Nats of all places.

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    Well I'm not exactly rooting for the underdog unless it's someone like Akiko who's been doing this skating forever.

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    Zijun Li?

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    A month ago, she posted on weibo writing, she suffered from cold, fever, drug allergies, conjunctivitis, bronchial pneumonia.
    I really hope that she will recover soon, she is the one who earned those 2 spots... she is still in her hometown but not sure is she training right now.

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    Julia and Gracie are the underdogs

    Suzuki beeing boosted at Japanese nationals

    Sotnikova is now the reigning National Champion will add more pressure for her
    now with the majority now thinking Julia's chances are now lower than Sotnikova at the Olympics might not be that bad after all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icey View Post
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    She is a judges favourite so I would not think of her as an underdog. If she makes errors she tends to get the benefit of the doubt while the likes of Akiko get punished more.
    An underdog (For me) is a skater who is inconsistent & is not often rewarded by the judges. Kinda like a Gusmeroli or Jennifer Robinson in past years.

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    But Gold has been inconsistent, so no one has expectations for her AT ALL - that to me makes her an underdog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidnightSkater View Post
    She is a judges favourite so I would not think of her as an underdog. If she makes errors she tends to get the benefit of the doubt while the likes of Akiko get punished more.
    An underdog (For me) is a skater who is inconsistent & is not often rewarded by the judges. Kinda like a Gusmeroli or Jennifer Robinson in past years.

    I was using the definition long shot, dark horse. And I think Gold is a long shot for a medal.

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    Mirai Nagasu for sure

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    Akiko, Ashley... those are the two that I think could shake things up drastically - but all of the stars have to align just so.

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