This is very good list except Polina Edmunds. No Osmond
And Mao got a silver in Vancouver not Torino.
Kostner is 3rd favorite ?
would switch 3rd with Gracie and 6th with Carolina
1 Yuna Kim
2 Gracie Gold
3 Mao Asada
4 Julia Lipnitskaia
5 Adelina Sotnikova
6 Carolina Kostner
7 Akiko Suzuki
8 Ashley Wagner
9 Kanako Murakami
10 Ziun Li
Is this supposed to be in order of probability?
I don't see why Gracie is getting so much hype. She had a good skate in front of US judges but very few outside of Lipnitskaia and YuNa are capable duplicating their National results, this year, in front of International Judges. Am I missing something. She is a great up and coming lady who is developing into her own, and fun to watch, but she has never really done that well internationally. Her best GP finish this year was 3rd. I personally think both Kostner and Sotnikova can and will finish ahead of Gracie.
Great Article but the three MOST LIKELY to win a medal are YuNa, Mao, and Julia w/Koster and Sotnikova ready to pounce on any step out left on the ice. Don't forget Suzuki who I would place even higher in the medal hunt than Gracie. Who knows how the stars will align but Gracie, while possible, isn't likely to medal. I've already requested Feb 19-20 off of work. I can't wait.
Polina being 10th? What is this author smoking
Well right now the judges fav for gold is 2 way race between Kim and Julia. If both goes clean we can expect Gold and Silver, between the two. One is reigning Olympic champ and the other is newly crowned Eurochamp and home town golden girl. We could be seeing ela Michelle/Tara Nagano all over again.
Mao/Suzuki/Adelina/Kostner will be fighting for bronze and potentially steal silver, if one of them make mistake. All of them have some inconsistency issues with jumps, underrotation and etc. similar PCS range 68-70+. it will be a matter of < call on jumps for former three and for Kostner, well she is Kostner ...we can expect at least one pop jump from her ..