Ugh - another ugly thread. Another I love Gracie/I hate Gracie thread. This is getting boring.
I wouldn't have predicted that Canada had 3 dance, 3 pairs, 3 men, and 2 women (almost the full set!) qualified for Sochi.
I wasn't expecting the Shibs and C/B to get it together for Worlds should D/W be out of the picture (I predicted in 2012). A very pleasant surprise this year!
And I never, ever, in a thousand years couldn't have predicted D/W beating V/M on home turf at 2013 Worlds. Another pleasant surprise.
I thought Nagasu would do well in this quad, after 4th in Vancouver. I'm still holding hope for her, though.
I never thought Sotnikova would get an OGM. I had her pinned for bronze at most.
And Carolina getting it together was something I didn't anticipate. It's great to see that she could!
Wouldnt have ever predicted the steep and permanent fall for the Shibutanis after the 2011 Worlds. I was pretty certain even the day after their bronze medal they werent going to repeat their medal at next years Worlds, especialy in France. However I expected by the time of the 2014 Olympics they would be contending for atleast the bronze. They were never medal contenders by that point though, and had been passed by a whole bunch of teams, many of them much older than them.
I wouldnt have predicted the breakup of Crone & Poirier.
I wouldnt have predicted the massive resurgence of the Russian team to the extent it has.
I wouldnt have predicted Chan to be dominant for 3 years, to the point the judges saw him as 5+ falls better than the rest. I thought at most he would be one of the guys contending for gold medals, and with the possability of winning them only if he skated great (and even then not certain to), just as he was in 2009-2010.
Those are the 4 year out ones I am thinking of. If you mean more short term I wouldnt have ever predicted Sotnikova to win the OGM up until just before the womens long program (although after the short program judging, and the moment I saw the womens long program panel, Putin in the audience, and 2 of the 3 tech. callers being Russian based, I knew she was going to win unless she fell 4 times and Yu Na did 3 different types of quads in a perfect skate).
Like pretty everyone else I wouldnt have predicted Capellini & Lanotte to win Worlds. Even after their short dance win I didnt really think they would win, and as it turns out that they were only 4th in the FD and still won due to their excellent SD.
I wouldnt have predicted Ten to medal at the Olympics. No way. Not even after his world silver last year. That result was almost as surprising, as I think most felt that result was a one off, and even more after a poor and injured plagued season this year.
I don't think anyone could have predicted 4 years ago that Finland has no skaters in Sochi. Back then we for example expected Jenni Vähämaa to come back from her injury.
I thought Akiko would be more dominant
I didn't expect LTalk to be replaced by Sky Fly.