Carolina or Mao
Yuna or Akiko
Carolina Mao Gracie or Adelina
Referee BARBACCI LEVY Diana
Technical Controller LAKERNIK Alexander
Technical Specialist GUSMEROLI Vanessa
Assistant Technical Specialist BARANOVA Olga
Two weeks ago, I had Yuna, Mao and Julia in that order.
Now, I think it might be Julia, Yuna and Gracie for the podium. Mao might be in 4th, Carolina in 5th, Ashley in 6th.
I think Mao may have peaked during her GP season with all of her top finishes. Then she came in 3rd at Nationals and in the team event. The judges may low ball her, especially if she UR or falls on her 3A. Julia has been gaining momentum all season, capped off with her win at Euros and her Gold in the team event.
I can't count out Adelina in the top 6, since she is Russian champion, but her GP performances were inconsistent. And we haven't seen Polina since US Nationals, so she could surprise everyone and be in the top 6.
Such a deep field this year, so anything could happen. But if Julia is not 1st or 2nd, I will be very surprised.
Anyway, whatever the outcome, there will be so much venom, trolling, bragging, bitterness and frustration after the competition on this forum! Fans of both sides are so toxic!. Whoever wins one half will be spitting venom of sinister satisfaction and bragging, while the other half will spit venoms of frustration and hatred. There will be lots and lots of emotions! Now it's just the prelude!
It is definitely Carolina
After pair competition, my prediction for ladies is:
Adelina and Yulia will fight for gold and silver unless Yuna is totally perfect. If Yuna have a performance like 2009 world and
Adeline / Julia are clean , she will get bronze.
Or, if the current inflation is uniformly applied to all top skaters, Yuna would still get close to 140 even with a error or two.
In any event, my final prediction is: