04-17-2014, 09:15 PM
You don't see top skaters (i.e., the top seeds) competing against one another until the GPF. Seeds #1, #2 and #3 do not compete in the same event because according to the rules, there is supposed to be one of the top 3 seeds at every event, and one from seeds 4-6. Sometimes it hasn't worked out that way because host picks take precedence, but that is rare.
Originally Posted by Ryan O
Chan and Hanyu faced off last year because at Worlds 2013, Chan was the #1 seed and Hanyu the #4 seed.
This year, Japan has 3 seeded men: #1 Hanyu, #2 Machida and #6 Kozuka. Theoretically, NHK could pick all 3 as host picks, but probably won't do so.
04-17-2014, 09:28 PM
Not that risky--Kovtun had beaten Farris at their last head-to-head competition: the 2012-2013 JGPF. And a brand-new senior skater is likely to get lower PCS scores than a skater who's already skated Senior at Euros and Worlds.
Originally Posted by karne
04-17-2014, 09:34 PM
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