Does anyone know if Adelina backed off the team event herself, or was just excluded by RF? Does anyone know how she feels about it?
Does anyone know when the participants in the pairs' free will be announced? Immediately after the ladies' short - or when? I suppose the teams must have chosen their pair, even if it hasn't been announced. It must be a rather odd feeling for some of them, not knowing if they will be even skating a free today or not, depending on whether their team makes it into the free. (Which is why I think it's rather odd scedulling to have one of the free skates the same day as some of the short.)
Originally Posted by zamboni step
As strange as it might sound, but I think Chan kind of "owns" it to his team to skate the LP now. I thought it was understandable he just wanted to do the SP before due to his OGM chances in the individual, but after his mistakes in the LP gave Russia a lead for now, I feel a little different. I wouldn't call him selfish or anything if he doesn't want to do the LP, but I think he should.
Russia has the lead now, but they might be more vulnerable in the LPs than it looks now. Plushenko nailed his SP (and deserves a lot of respect for that), but it's tough to say how he might manage with a whole LP. He could definitly loose to Chan and Machida, and maybe even Brown if he skates like he did at Nats. That could be up to 3 points Chan could gain for Canada alone. I&K could fall behind France and it's again 2 to 3 possible points for Canada. S/K did so well at Europeans, but I have no idea how they'll handle the pressure. Ladies is the weak link, sure, but Osmond should manage top 5 today, maybe even 4th/3rd if Kostner/Wagner don't deliver, and if France or China with Zhang make the LPs, she should be 4th there (maybe even 3rd if Gracie has problems with handling the pressure of being the last to skate to get her team the bronze medal). If Reynolds does the LP though, they're chances are going down a lot.
Meanwhile, I really want Japan to get the Team bronze, but I really want Ashley to do well today and proof everyone who insulted and attackted her after Nats wrong. Need more medals because of too many deserving athletes
Edit: Forgot that Kostner will be skating for Italy. I'm still stock in thinking with Marchei here ^^"