Skaters with a shot at gold and a medal in each event
Now that the Games are approaching which skaters do you believe have a shot (even if small) at a)the gold medal, b) a medal of any color, at the Games in the 4 individual disciplines. Here are mine:
Shots at gold- Kim, Asada, Lipnitskaia
Shots at as high as silver- Suzuki, Sotnikova
Shots at bronze- Murakami, Kostner, Gold, Wagner (maybe being generous even including Wagner at this moment)
Shots at gold- Hanyu, Chan, Takahashi (laugh but if he did pull a blinder out of nowhere, and others made mistakes it would be hard to deny him)
Shots at as high as silver- Machida, Fernandez
Shots at bronze- Plushenko, Abbott, Ten (if he pulls something out of nowhere again)
Shots at gold- Voloszhar & Trankov, Savchenko & Szolkowy
Shots at as high as silver- Stolbova & Klimkin, Pang & Tong
Shots at bronze- Duhamel & Radford, Moore-Towers & Moscovitch, Barzova & Larionov
Shots at gold- Virtue & Moir, Davis & White
Shots at as high as silver- Nobody else
Shots at bronze- Weaver & Poje, Pechalat & Bourzat, both top Russian teams, Capellini & Lanotte
I am not interested in pairs or dance, and for the men, I have absolutely no clue who will medal... But for the ladies, I would say:
Gold: Yu-na, Mao, Julia, or Kostner (if completely clean with 3flip-3toe).
Silver: Suzuki, Sotnikova, Kostner.
Bronze: Suzuki, Sotnikova, Kostner, Murakami.
I honestly do not think the Americans are strong contenders for medals. Gracie has done well at Nationals but still lacks artistic-wise. Her jumps have also gotten much smaller after going to Frank although more consistent (I have seen her jumps live upfront with my very two eyes at Nationals). Ashley has not been doing too well this season, and the fact that she's going back to an old program just a few weeks before the Olympics does not bode well for her IMO.
Pretty much agree here, except I'd probably have Julia peaking at silver not gold. Before Euros I'd have Kostner as a potential silver but seeing as she skated clean and still lost the SP to Adelina by a good margin, I don't think she will be close enough to the leaders after the short and she is unlikely to make up ground in the long.
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
Gold- Kim, Asada, Kostner, Lipnitskaia
Silver- Suzuki, Sotnikova
Bronze- Murakami, Wagner, Gold
Gold- Chan, Hanyu, Fernandez, Takahashi
Bronze- Abbott, Ten
These lists are obviously absent the occasional Olympic surprises. I don't know who would've predicted Hughes and Kulik would be gold medalists and Wylie a silver medalist before those Olympics. On the right nights, Sotnikova and Abbott could be Olympic champions. It would just take a complete splatfest from other leading competitors (Kim and Chan would have to fall at least twice each) and Adelina and Jeremy would have to skate pristine clean programs.
Gold - Kim, Asada, Lipnitskaia
Any medal - Kostner, Suzuki, Sotnikova, Wagner, Gold, Murakami, and I'll include Osmond but that's a very outside shot for bronze
Gold - Chan, Hanyu, Takahashi as a long shot
Any medal - Plushenko, Reynolds, Fernandez, Machida, Yan, Abbott, Denis Ten, Brezina, Verner (the last two are very long shots, but they skated well at Euros, and if Takahashi isn't skating well, bronze seems like anybody's game.. the Czech guys have about as much chance as Plushenko in his current state, and I listed him)
Gold - Volosozhar/Trankov, Savchenko/Szolkowy
Any medal - Pang/Tong (I almost listed them as gold but I don't think they will be able to defeat BOTH V/T and S/S), Duhamel/Radford, Moore-Towers/Moscovitch, Bazarova/Larionov, Stolbova/Klimov, Peng/Zhang, Berton/Hotarek (but a very small chance for this last team, especially after they didn't do that well at Euros)
Gold - Virtue/Moir, Davis/White - pigs would fly if it was anyone else!
Any medal - Pechalat/Bourzat, Bobrova/Soloviev, Weaver/Poje, Cappellini/Lanotte, Ilinykh/Katsalapov (although I'm 90% sure it'll be one of the first two I listed)
Personally, I would love to see someone like Zijun Li take the bronze medal out of "nowhere". If nothing else, it would be drama. =)
I hope Kostner goes for broke and attempts the Triple Flip-Triple Toe Combo in the short.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
Wow I thought there would be more Wagner and gold medal pushers for at least bronze. And Adelina was left out of the mix often too. Interesting. No hope at all for Osmond which is understandable.