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    Question 2014 Worlds: Who is the Dark Horse for the Men's podium?

    Hanyu is the heavy favorite...but he has been prone to injury and illness at the end of the season for the last 2 years. Anything can happen.
    So who is your pick to upset the applecart and get a surprise win or podium finish?

    -My pick for a surprise Bronze is Machida --could even get gold if he skates perfectly.

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    I'm going to be very bold and very hopeful and say Max Aaron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJGL View Post
    I'm going to be very bold and very hopeful and say Max Aaron.
    Ditto. Super excited for Max Aaron.

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    I'll also go with Machida for the bronze medal (even silver medal if Javi has mistakes and Machida has two clean programs)

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    Machida, Kozuka, or Kovtun. I'm not counting Javier as a sure bet for the podium, either. If it was last year I might have said Kevin Reynolds, but this season, it's unlikely. Umm.. I'll also throw Peter Liebers in, even though that's quite a long shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
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    The odds are against him, but it would be a great way to avenge the way his Federation treated him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPack View Post
    The odds are against him, but it would be a great way to avenge the way his Federation treated him.
    ... which is why I chose him.
    He'll likely be angry and think "you passed me over? Oh yeah!? Suck on THIS!" and he wins a worlds medal, then the Federation will suddenly at at his mercy.
    For how long depends: he could be Plushenko, or he could be Gachinskii (who I'd forgotten about until just now!).
    No guts, no glory! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPack View Post
    The odds are against him, but it would be a great way to avenge the way his Federation treated him.
    Oh yes, his federation treated him sooooooooooo badly, when they gift-wrapped him a Worlds spot after finishing fifth at Nationals and not even bothering to show up to the test skate...they treated him soooooooo horribly, when they coddled him and pampered him after his lowly 17th finish there, guaranteeing Russia just one spot, though they had thrown another skater with the same finish to the wolves the year before...

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    I'm assuming Ten isn't going?

    Kozuka had showed so much potential at the 2010 olys. But I feel like he's hit a wall, and hasn't been able to surmount it. Especially artistically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPack View Post
    The odds are against him, but it would be a great way to avenge the way his Federation treated him.
    He didn't say no to go to the world when he was 5th at the russian championship, isn't it? So bad was he not treated, he still gets to world dispite being 17 last year and only 5 at the euro behind Voronov. Without the backing he got all the season he will hardly got those PCS.Loads of male skaters were dumped from the rusiian federation for much less.

    But I also think that he is the dark horse. He is now poised to show what he can do and frankly i don't see any other new comer being able to do that at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aschiutza View Post
    He didn't say no to go to the world when he was 5th at the russian championship, isn't it? So bad was he not treated, he still gets to world dispite being 17 last year and only 5 at the euro behind Voronov. Without the backing he got all the season he will hardly got those PCS.Loads of male skaters were dumped from the rusiian federation for much less.

    But I also think that he is the dark horse. He is now poised to show what he can do and frankly i don't see any other new comer being able to do that at the moment.
    Also behind Menshov.

    But yes, I agree he is a dark horse. Hopefully he won't feel as much pressure, and will be able to keep it together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbiespectator View Post
    Hanyu is the heavy favorite...but he has been prone to injury and illness at the end of the season for the last 2 years. Anything can happen.
    So who is your pick to upset the applecart and get a surprise win or podium finish?

    -My pick for a surprise Bronze is Jason Brown
    As much as I'd love that, Jason isn't going to Worlds. Jeremy Abbott and Max Aaron are the two competitors for the U.S. I wouldn't mind seeing Machida sneak onto the podium, though.

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