Wow, what a great comment! This comment probably sums up entirely what I hope for Hanyu to achieve in the 2014 Worlds (being far, far in front of every other competitor).I think I would not count Hanyu. If he skates clean he is untouchable for anyone except Patrick. If he falls 2-3 times, only Fernandez on top of his skill may fight with Yuzuru, but I don't see it. Hanyu on the short is way, way too far in front of anyone.
My picks for the number 1&2 spots for the podium would definitely be Hanyu and Fernandez respectively. As for the 3rd spot, it could be anyone (too many possible contenders).
I'd vote Abbott as dark horse. He should just skate without the quad in the SP and put one in the FS. He'd probably get around the same SP score as Brown and that would keep him in the hunt. Who knows, maybe a couple of the guys going for quads will miss theirs and that would put him in an even better position. I think the best thing for Abbott to do is go for the layout that he will most likely end up skating clean and then play the waiting game to see how many guys actually land their quads.
I'm rooting for Yuzuru but I hope he either skates clean to win or loses. The last thing he needs now is his own chanflation haunting him.
As i wrote in Yuzuru topic I hope we will see great leanded 4S, because it looks as beatifull as his 4T on some practice videos.
The thing I like about him he is not skating conservatively, he is taking all the guns
@HanDomi: I don't think you can blame it all on people. I consider myself Yuzuru's fan but I see him tossing a coin every time he attempts 4S in competitions. I am not too versed with COP but it looks to me he does that because it gets him points no matter what. Correct me if I am wrong.
But if that's actual state of affairs, then people have reason to doubt the legitimacy of competition (or even the sport).