Men's Podium Sweep for Japan?
Japan has a strong men's field going into these World Championships especially with some top men withdrawing.
I can see the podium being:
Javier Fernandez will likely get one of the medals especially since it will be sketchy to have all 3 Japanese men stand on the podium and the event being held in Japan.
I would like to see Jeremy Abbot on the podium, but again he is very inconsistent in international competitions. I really wished they sent Jason Brown, he def could of been more of a contender then Max Aaron. Han Yan may be an outside chance for a medal as well. Thoughts?
mmm I don't think that will happen, I see Javi stronger than Machida. For me it's likely to be:
On the Ice
Machida and Fernandez will likely be on the podium. From performances and the scoring this season, it seems unlikely Han Yan can edge out either of them. I can see Kozuka finishing within the top 6, but not the top 3.
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That could happen, but it's unlikely. I think it will be Hanyu, Fernandez and then Machida or Kozuka. Kovtun could also surprise and take the silver or bronze spot. I don't think Abbott and Aaron will be on the podium but stranger things have happened. Not sure about Yan, being back in 7th at the Olympics, although Daisuke is missing so that's less spots to jump.
It could happen. Remember worlds are in Japan so the Japanese men will all be overscored just like the Russians all were in Sochi. Normally I would say Machida for instance would need alot of mistakes to beat Fernandez, but maybe not in Japan. Kozuka isnt the most consistent but he is a beautiful and technically potentially excellent skater, who also has top notch skating skils, so if he skates well his scores in Japan will go through the roof.
Cheering Wildly from the stands
I hope and pray that the scoring is fair. I'm Japanese, and am going to watch the men's FS in Saitama! Yay! but the worst thing I can think of happening unfair judging. -Especially Hanyu. I want him to win very much, but I DON'T want him to win because of boosted scores. The past few World Championships have been a bit underwhelming performance-wise and I hope atmosphere of Japan can help people do their best. It's going to be PACKED.
On the other hand, I've been watching the GPF of 2013, 2012, 2011, and I was really surprised at how well everyone skated. If only they could do that at worlds. Go Team Japan! and all the other skaters too.
I totally agree. I am not Japanese but I am an unabashed Yuzuru fan and I want him to skate his best at home and complete a Grand Slam of skating's biggest titles this season. All eyes will be on him as the Olympic champion and any inflated scoring on home ice can only do him a disservice.
Originally Posted by Newbiespectator
Re Tatsuki, a Worlds medal is a strong possibility. He has, aside from Yuzuru and Patrick, the strongest results this season. A Worlds podium finish will be a fitting way to cap his amazing season and also to make up for his Olympic disappointment. I am becoming more and more a fan as he seems to be a very thoughtful, highly intelligent young man who skates with passion (just like Yuzuru).
If Takahiko skates to his potential, he can place in the top 3 as he has won silver at Worlds. I will certainly be happy if he does that if only to salve part of his pain at being left off the Olympic team.
As I had posted in another thread, there are so many compelling individual story lines as to this particular competition not only with regard to the male but also the female Japanese representatives (Akiko, Kanako, and Mao). I wish them and all the other skaters well.
The only reason Fernandez didn't medal In sochi was the zayaking- he has got the pcs and the bv and the skills! He's got his name written on the podium already.
Well, If Hanyu will do everything perfect in his FS(which I believe he will do on his home ground) he can make even deserved 195-200 points with the TES potential up to 110. I just can imagine this tons of complain how overscored he was if he will do that. At GPF the judging was fair, for me he was maybe overscored in PCS only by 1 point, but still Chan was ahead in PCS few points as I remember.
So anyway what he will do - perfect or with mistakes I can see complains about overscoring
We will see, I hope for great event !
it is doable.
Like others, I think 1) Hanyu, 2) Fernandez, 3) Machida is way more likely than a sweep. Kozuka has been a mess for most of the past 2 seasons. I love his skating skills, but his consistency leaves a lot to be desired.
Men's technical panel:
Controller: Raffaella LOCATELLI (ITA)
TS: Lisa ERVIN (USA)
ATS: Jae-Eun CHUNG (KOR)
Seems fair, but Ervin is known to be a real stickler.
Of course, it is something that could happen in theory, but Fernandez seems more consistent than Kozuka.
But I would not be one bit surprised if it's 1: Japan, 2: Spain, 3 Japan.
Yes, Hanyu is overscored but not at the level of Patrick Chan.
I really hope judges are fair and no one will get a gold medal given to them on a plate, like last year's Chan at World.
(2-3 depend only on Javi. If he has a major mistake, Machida has a good chance of a silver medal)
I hope the judges are going to be fair and I hope Yuzuru will have a great performance, like at the GPF and there will be no space for bad comments about him and overscoring.
I just hope the judging will be fair. I´d be quite o.k. with a purely Japanese podium if the Japanese skaters perform in a way to truly deserve it (which is possible but, of course, not at all certain).
Originally Posted by pangtongfan