Only dream podiums
3. Brown or Takahashi
3. Li or Marchei
3. Cappellini/Lanotte or Ilinykh/Katsalapov
Well, one can dream, right?
With her PCS she doesn't need the difficulty but the LP does seem watered down. Ashley better step it up if she plans on being competitive. She need that triple triple and the double axel triple toe especially with the Russian girls and if Mao goes clean with two triple axels.
Originally Posted by Elistra
I hesitate to predict because my track record is *always* wrong!
Ladies: the field is so deep, anyone could take gold depending on how they all skate. Assuming ALL clean, it would be Yu-Na, Mao, Julia...but that's a huge assumption. If I were Mao, I'd stop fooling with the 3ax and go for clean.
Men: Hanyu, Javier, Chan. It pains me to write that. As a Canadian, I want the first men's gold for CA. That said, the popped jumps at Nats are a concern. This is why, in an Olympic year, you upgrade your technical coaching a la Gracie Gold.
Dance: White/Davis, Virtue/Moir, someone European. I'm not a Davis/White fan, at all, but the writing is on the wall that they're getting the gold, no matter how they skate.
Pairs: V/T, S/S, P/T...Russians will be thrown a bone in the pairs because they're hosting and can't be elevated to gold in Dance without controversy. The Russians are a strong pair anyway so, I think, so long as they skate clean, they'll win gold.
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