Michelle Kwan becomes first lady of Rhode Island. (Actually, this is a long shot. Her husband is trailing in the polls. )
If Hanyu will stay injure free , he will be in the first two at world. He will not have a great GP time thought (even if he will win, he seems he needs time to live a program). Machida will be up and downthrough the season. Han Yan as well.
Pitkeev will stay mainly in junior ranks to win the junior world title, but have to keep his nerves for it. Maybe he will get a spot for Russian senior GP (does he has the age?)) . If he will be the second at senior russian Championship, it may change and try in senior Euro as well.
Yulia will have some hard time, but i am sure she will come back after that.
K/S will develop further and will pe once again on worlds podium. V/T will dominate further.
I cannot predict Liza and Gachinski at this moment at all. It depends on their power to come back.
Sotnikova will be under massive pressure and will have a so-and-so season, with some very good programs here and there and some completely disatrous programs (as it has been normal for her during the past couple fo seasons); I think she will be on Euros podium again and maybe on Worlds podium
Yulia will have some hard time trying to develop a new FS, because everyone will keep saying that her Schindler's List was better, no matter what she chooses, and will have to face the salchow, which seems to be her enemy now (double at CoR, UR at GPF, fall at the Olympics, fall at Worlds): will she keep presenting it? (I think so) Will she move it to a different part of her FS (I think so, since she's already done it before Worlds)
Gracie will have a good season, I think she'll win a second National Title and 4CC, and will be on both GPF and Worlds podium
Even if his performances won't be great, Hanyu will be top2 in all his competitions, while I expect great improvement from Fernandez and I really really hope Jason will be able to include a quad in his FS and that Max's hard work will be rewarded with good performances and scores
Volosozhar and Trankov will easily dominate in Pairs (with a couple of disastrous programs here and there as always), S/K and the Canadians will fight for the other podium spots in the most important competitions...
In Ice Dance, I expect a fight between C/L, W/P and C/B at GPF and Worlds, some of the new Russian couples could be on Euros podiums, though...
His new SP, if he goes the outgoing route he's said he wants to, will be hit and miss as he continues to work on his shyness. But his Schindler's List will only grow in power and beauty until the crowd is both standing and crying at Nationals. His quad will become consistent and he will add the 4-3 combo. He will finish on the Nationals podium again, this time in the top two. He receives approximately 158 marriage proposals, most of them after Nationals, and finishes top ten at his first Worlds, as well as a medal at 4CCs.
Jason will struggle with the 4T a little, which won't be quite consistent yet. His new programs will be fantastic but the general public will take a little while to warm to them because his LP won't be as grabbing as Riverdance but a slow-burning build. He will make the podium again at Nationals, though potentially a step lower than this year. He will remain funny, adorable, and too cute for words, and will finish top ten at Worlds.
Max will bounce back strong from this season with two new programs that hopefully Lori Nichol hasn't been anywhere near, and in a style that suits him. He will start landing the 4T with consistency and bring back his three-quad FS and two-quad short. He will remain upbeat and hard-working, and will regain his National crown, as well as medalling at 4CCs and top-five finish at Worlds. He will also receive 217 marriage proposals and pose topless for a magazine. (Well, a girl can dream, right? )
I can't predict Artur. The situation with the coaching is difficult. What I hope: that he comes back with two lyrical but quirky programs that suit his style, and comes back strong, kicking butt, hitting the Nationals podium and winning his second Euros medal, and causing sky_fly to implode with sheer anger that he hasn't gone and retired yet.
Actually, there was a recent interview where he said he was still considering whether or not to retire. He said something like... he either retires now... or he keeps competing and aims to make it to the 2018 Olympics...!
Originally Posted by Olympia
He also said he feels he has now "passed the reins" (or is that "passed the burden" :-D) to the younger generation. So if he does compete, I guess he doesn't have ambitious plans to be winning everything - perhaps he can simply enjoy skating, and bask in the love from his fans all over the world.
Mind you... if he just "lets himself go" and enjoys himself, and doesn't feel any pressure... he'll probably skate his best, and could end up winning stuff anyway!
Hanyu: He will have David Wilson choreographed for his free program again, and I truly hope Jeff Buttle will take responsible of Hanyu's SP. He will struggle at the beginning of the season and have some adjustments near the end, then finally come first at both GPF and Worlds.
Don't know why but I have a funny feeling that Hana Ni Nare has a great posibility to become his Sp next season. Just need to add some big jumps and it would be perfect.
I think Hanyu future directly depends on Mao and Daisuke plans. The later will likely retire or take a break to recover from injury. Mao says half-half, she doesn't know yet. If she decides to quit, there will be vacuum on Japanese TV without her and Daisuke. In this case Hanyu will be required at home, not in Canada. Maybe JSF will send him back to Japan. It really now depends on Mao's decision mostly I think.
As long as Yuzuru stay healthy, doesn't have coach name Morozov and doesn't date Johnny Weir, I will be perfectly sastify!
Apparently the cost for Hanyu's training in Canada has been entirely covered by JSF so far. So I will not be suprised at all if he is sent back to Japan. It's however not a bad news, even a good one, considered how he seems always much much more comfortable being home and more importantly, Japanese coaches do really good jobs with his posture and line.
Originally Posted by Rubirosa
LOL you kill me. The two laters aren't likely to happen any soon so no worry. The first one is all Yuzu's fans hoping for. His health is the top priority.
Originally Posted by littlexflower
His grey-hair doctor was with him in Sochi and in Saitama. People say he is just family friend. Maybe he is and that he is a doctor is just a coincidence. I didn't read anywhere that Yuzuru had health issue recently.
Originally Posted by littlexflower
In search of a summer sport to love <3
I think the skaters we will not see competing again are Carolina, Daisuke and Adelina. Also, Charlie and Meryl.
One I think we will see again is Mao.
For the US ladies, I think Ashley's going to come out swinging. Both her and Gracie will end up in the GPF. And maybe Polina will pull of a surprise win at nationals. All will place high at worlds, though probably off the podium. Until Mirai has a coach in place I really can't make a prediction here.
Russian ladies will dominate this year. I think Yulia, Anna, and Elena R. will all have banner years. And be very stiff competition for each other. Not to even mention all the other talent in Russia.
I also think So-youn Park will really blossom this year, and is ready to step into Korea's skating spotlight.
Pairs and dance, who knows what will get there after everyone consciously uncouples and recouples. Should be interesting, though
- Hanyu will dominate, and in the style of Chan can afford mistakes and still win, however he will be pushed by Machida and Fernandez
- Kovtun might win a GP and will likely qualify for the GPF; if his consistency continues on the trajectory he's had so far (adding a quad mid-junior season, adding a quad salchow the following season with some success), then he should get a World medal, and certainly medal at Euros having had more experience
- Brown will be competing his quad but only execute it cleanly once in the season, but at a big event like Nationals or Worlds; also guessing he'll qualify for the GPF
- Nguyen will break into the top 10 at Worlds
- a quad loop/flip/lutz will be attempted by more men next season; other skaters other than Fernandez/Reynolds/Kovtun/Hanyu will be attempting two different quads
- Radionova will have a breakout season, and replicate what Lipnitskaia did in her 2nd GP season, medal at the GPF and Russian nationals
- Lipnitskaia will be the dominant skater next season; Worlds will be hers to lose
- Sotnikova will come back, and qualify for the GPF with solid GP results, but not win unless she lucks out with an easy field
- Osmond will break into the top 6 at Worlds with a hopefully injury-free season; 3F+3T will become a staple jump for her, might even attempt a FS with 7 triples
- Gold will have strong results, and one GP win but not both, qualify for the GPF and medal; Wagner will also have strong GP results but not medal at the GPF; Nationals will end up closer than expected but Gold will likely still win
- V/T dominant, but S/K closing the gap
- MT/M will make improvements over the summer, and push D/R... both will win at least one GP
- S/H will start training quad throws again and perhaps two SBS triples
- W/P will win their first GP event, and place 2nd at both Worlds and the GPF; I'm still not absolutely certain they will win either or both of them (especially since we haven't seen what the other teams have come up with, let alone which teams are competing for certain), although the momentum surely is in their favour
- C/L will continue and split wins with W/P
- C/B will make a surge next year; technically they were one of the best teams at Worlds and the USA will be promoting the hell out of them - I'm predicting a GPF or World medal
- B/S aren't my faves but I predict they'll bounce back after their horrendous FS this year and switch to something less abstract and more palatable; should win a GP
Hanyu: dominates with an extra quad in the free because of his newfound quad salchow consistency. subsequently struggles to land all 4 at his GPs, but still makes it to GPF and places a nice 2nd. wins 4CC and adds the gold to his collection. gets either gold of silver at Worlds.
Machida: does relatively well, but fails to replicate his Worlds results. continues to push Hanyu. if Hanyu makes enough mistakes he might actually win Nationals.
Fernandez: powers through the GP and wins GPF at home! gets on the podium at Worlds and wins Euros despite the crazy speculation that Kovtun will beat him.
Nguyen: goes senior with all the pressure of Canadian men's lacking Chan. breaks top 10 at Worlds and mAYBE JUST MAYBE gets a quad. (or we at least see him get one in practice)
Brown: gets a quad! makes GPF! wins Nationals! top 5 at Worlds!
Takahashi: uh, definitely retiring. but heals up enough to do some ice shows before the season begins.
Asada: skips GP but comes back to win Nationals and make the podium at Worlds.
Murakami: has another rough season :( but improves her jumps, thankfully
Park: medals at a GP! keeps her top 10 spot at Worlds
Lipnitskaia: dominates and golds/silvers at GPF, Euros and Worlds
this is fun.