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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan O View Post
    Maybe D&R won't ever be World Champions, but if they stay World medalists that's still very good. I think part of what some people dislike about Megan sometimes is her outspoken personality. I noticed on other threads during Olympics and Worlds that some people disliked her predicting that she and Eric were going to win the World title and that they were good enough to be #1! She's not afraid to be brash.
    Well maybe some people but not me. I am fine with that aspect of her. In fact I like that type of confidence. It makes me chuckle a little bit she even thought she could win worlds when it was thought V&T would be there, when even D&R`s clean short in the team event of the Sochi Games was beaten by 12 points by V&T, and that she could muster that level of somewhat self delusion, but I absolutely had no problem with it.

    My mixed feelings towards them is I dont really enjoy watching them skate. She just is far too sloppy (for the very top level) for my liking, even though I can see what they do to score highly. I think someone on FSU summed her up as a truck driver on ice, but an athletic and charming one that is hard to not root for. That pretty much sums up my feelings towards them as well.

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    I wonder if in some ways Megan's style worked better when she was with Craig Buntin. They didn't get as high in the world standings as she has with Eric, but I think the 'truck driver' aspect you refer to was less noticeable because they were closer in height and body shapes. Buntin was nearing the end of his career and so was not in peak form anymore, but I think his shorter and more compact muscular frame was perhaps less of a contrast than the very tall, more balletic style that Eric has.

    Or maybe I'm getting like sky_fly by thinking too much about comparing looks and body shapes.

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    Well Craig Buntin himself wasnt a super polished or refined skater, so yes her weakness probably didnt stand out as much as when with the elegant and polished Eric. However she and Buntin were never going to make it too far, as they didnt have anything that set them above the pack. I really wish we had 3 spots so Craig could have gotten another Olympics for all he put through, and there were a solid enough pair that could be top 10 on a good day, but it was always evident they werent going to beat Langlois & Hay for the 2nd spot unless they had a meltdown. Duhamel & Radford atleast have super difficulty, and Eric is physically stronger than an old Buntin was and able to make them do bigger and higher tricks, and his elegance and line despite making them seem quite mismatched are badly needed for their PCS.

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    The thing I like about D&R is the impression that she is the athletic powerhouse (or "truck driver") while he has the musicality, elegance and beautiful lines. Currently there's no other pair like them, and I mean that as a compliment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvia451 View Post
    There was at least one similar thread.

    Yuzu's going to win again the world title and the 4S won't be a problem anymore.
    Denis will win the silver medal at the WC.
    Nam will have some good results (at least top 10 at WC).
    Unfortunately, Machida won't repeat the great performance from this year.
    S/K will beat V/T one time next season, but not at the worlds.
    Elena will win the european championship.
    Adelina will get a medal at the worlds, but not the gold medal.
    V/M and D/W will officially retire.
    No notable results for Han, Kovtun, Jason or Polina.
    Agree...except the Adelina part...I don't think she will ever have the results she got at the Olympics again Russia has some great young girls skaters who are far better than Adelina...

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    Some of you guys seriously underestimate Kovtun (or Russian fed's politic), if he is number one of his country which is a big figure skate country and can constantly land quad, he will get big upgrade in pcs for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxella View Post
    Agree...except the Adelina part...I don't think she will ever have the results she got at the Olympics again Russia has some great young girls skaters who are far better than Adelina...
    I'm sure every country would be happy to have such .. how is it?.. mediocre skater as Adelina Sotnikova.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treeloving View Post
    Some of you guys seriously underestimate Kovtun (or Russian fed's politic), if he is number one of his country which is a big figure skate country and can constantly land quad, he will get big upgrade in pcs for sure.
    That's what I'm fear of. I can see the thread Can Kovtun close the gap with Hanyu coming soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlexflower View Post
    That's what I'm fear of. I can see the thread Can Kovtun close the gap with Hanyu coming soon...


    The problem of others is that Hanyu not reached his maximum abilities yet And he will not stay on current level which is anyway huge, and he will be even better than that I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanca View Post
    I can't see any lady having 3A next season; it is not as easy to just do one. But someone may have it before the next Olympics.
    Apparently Miyabi Oba already lands 3A's cleanly in practice.

    She attempted one at Japan Nationals a few months back, but UR and fall. She could well be landing them in competition next season - I suspect it's only mental strength and lack of confidence that stand in her way.

    Unfortunately, she needs more than just a clean 3A to reach the Big League...

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    I don't see Kovtun ever threatening Hanyu. Hanyu will continue to improve in every aspect of his skating (he has mentioned taking ballet to improve his posture). Meanwhile, Kovtun still has not entirely mastered the quad and it's because of his iffy technique. There's quite a gap between mastering the quad and mastering skating as a whole.

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    was posted in the wrong thread earlier:

    Men*

    1 Yuzu will dominate the entire Season
    2 Kovtun will have pressure to replicate his GP in 2013 season and will have a Gachinski moment
    3 Voronov will be the Top Russian skater
    4 Joshua Farris makes a breakout Season and will be the one to beat in Nationals
    5 Yan will trail Yuzuru

    Ladies*
    1 Gracie Gold will win all her GP events and wins the GPF, the frontrunner for National title and medals at Worlds
    2 Elena Radionova will have Julia's 2013 Season moment
    3 Julia will podium in all her events but some not Gold
    4 Wagner will not win a GP and will lose to Polina Edmunds
    5 Zijun comes back and medals at a GP
    6 Tuk will continue to struggle with her weight problem and jumps
    7 Anna Pogorilaya will be the new Kiira Korpi and the judges will love her

    Pairs*
    1 V/T will continue to do well
    2 S/H will have a breakthrough year and will challenge
    3 S/K will continue to trail V/T
    4 K/S come back better than ever the new sentimental P/T for next quad
    5 MT/M beats D/R in a GP or Worlds

    Ice Dance*
    1 C/L will not win a GP gold, will not win Worlds again
    2 W/P will be overmarked despite making huge mistakes
    3 B/S will come back strong and will medal at Worlds
    4 S/K will win a medal in GP in their debut Season
    5 Elena Ilinykh will sit out the 2014 Season without a partner
    6 C/B will not be US No.1 and will not medal at Worlds

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    was posted in the wrong thread earlier:
    6 C/B will not be US No.1 and will not medal at Worlds
    C/B being the US champions is the one thing I am certain of more than anything next season. It was not a close battle for silver at Nationals. Unless they fall like 3 times, there is no way they are going to be beaten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    1 C/L will not win a GP gold, will not win Worlds again
    Given the fact that they won't face W/P in their GP events, it would be REALLY a meltdown for them to be beaten by someone in BOTH of them... C/B? Possible, but in both events is really unlikely. Then, who's left? Shibs, who are far far behind them right now? S/K or I/Z? Debuting couples winning GP gold? Even more unlikely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSGMT View Post
    Given the fact that they won't face W/P in their GP events, it would be REALLY a meltdown for them to be beaten by someone in BOTH of them... C/B? Possible, but in both events is really unlikely. Then, who's left? Shibs, who are far far behind them right now? S/K or I/Z? Debuting couples winning GP gold? Even more unlikely!
    if they get Skate America, C/L arent consistent either, C/B can win
    so do B/S at CoR or can be beaten by S/K

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