Prediction for your favorite skaters next season
This is positive thread for realists
Note: I expect Mao and Dai either to retire or skip the season, so no prediction for them. Lipnitskaya and Hanyu are growing on me, but I'm not ready to call them my favorites.
Adelina Sotnikova: I predict a year with moderate success. Adelina will win her 1st Grand Prix competition and place 3rd at GPF. She'll win Europeans and Nationals. At the Worlds she'll place 3rd.
Kanako Murakami: I predict a little success this year. One bronze at a Grand Prix event and no GPF qualification. She'll win Nationals and place 2nd or 3rd and 4CC. At the Worlds she'll place betwenn 9th-6th.
Maxim Kovtun: I predict a transitional year with noticeable improvement in skating but little in results. Maxim will qualify for GPF and place between 6th and 4th. At the Nationals he'll be either 2nd or 1st. At the Europeans he'll place between 4th-2nd. At the Worlds he'll place between 8th and 5th.
Weaver & Poje: I predict them to win one of the grand prix final or worlds, but not both. I am not sure which it will be (really hope it is the latter but dont want to jinx them). They will be 2nd at the one they dont win. They will finally achieve the things that set their career below Crone & Poirier thus far- their first Canadian title, their first grand prix event win, and their first grand prix final medal.
Paul & Islam: They will be in an ongoing battle with Gilles & Poirier through the year, and I am not sure who will emerge on top of that in the end. They will win their first ever grand prix event medal (likely a bronze somewhere). They will make the world team again, and place higher than they did this year.
Asada: not really sure. She might take the year off, although I am fairly certain she will return to competing at some point. If she does compete she will win a medal of some color at worlds, maybe the gold or maybe not.
Kostner: sadly will likely retire.
Volosozhar & Trankov: will return in dominant fashion and win worlds. Will have 1 random loss at some point in the year due to a bad skate, and it might not even be to Stolbova & Klimov.
Shibutanis: this is more a wish than something I would bet money on, but here it goes anyway. I hope Scali takes them over and gives them a whole new look (Marina doesnt give a darn about them so she might as well let her new apprentice take over the reigns for them) and they will seriously challenge Chock & Bates for U.S number 1 and maybe even be one of the teams in contention for the bronze at the grand prix final and worlds (not neccessarily getting it though).
Fernandez: Will have a great season and seriously challenge Hanyu for the world title (maybe getting it, maybe not).
You beat me to pretty much all of my picks!
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
I must say though that I like your voicing support for the ShibSibs. They've got so much potential, they just need to be packaged correctly to stand out.
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