BTW, Sasha wasn't a particularly heavy dieter. She enjoyed food and loved to cook.
Also note that Julia is quite a bit taller than Sasha was at the same age. Sasha wasn't quite 5' tall in her early years (15-16), while Julia is already 5'2". So the comparison to Sasha doesn't quite fit.
I know there's no official retirement announcement from Mao, does anyone want to hazard a guess on what she'll do about the Grand Prix? She'd be a good one to invite to SA.
I think Julia Lip and Elena Rad will be the top ladies skaters next season. Others who will fight for the podium will be Gracie, Anna Pogo and Ashley.
After US nats, I was convinced that a rivalry would develop between Julia and Polina Edmunds. Now not so sure, but still have very high hopes for Polina.
Javier will keep gifting medals. I will hate at least one of his programs.
Jeremy will retire aftet Nationals.
Diasuke will retire.
Yuna will be missed.
Akiko will be missed.
Elena Radionova will medal everywhere.
Valentina will win a GP bronze.
Liza will keep making me
Berton/Hoterek will win silver at Euros.
Moore-Towers/Moscovitch (if he won't retire) will win Worlds.
Pang/Tong will be missed.
Savchenko/Szolkowy will be missed.
Pechalat/Bourzat will be missed.
Hurtado/Diaz will be top5 at Euros and top10 at Worlds.
Papadakis/Cizeron won't move to Detroit. Their levels issues will stay. Gullaume will keep being favolous!
Hawayek/Baker won't split up and will be top3 at Nationals.
Cappellini/Lanotte will win Euros.
I believe that Max Aaron will regain his national championship & so will Gracie Gold. If Davis & White retire then Chock & Bates will be the new US dance champs. Pairs will see a champion change.
can we stop making Osmond in any prediction list
well at least she'll have her fixed Skate Canada win
Face it, whether you like it or not, Osmond has a GP win. And an Olympic silver medal. And an international win at Nebelhorn. Certainly more international wins than many other skaters in the field.
Before this gets sidetracked too much I'll go ahead and make my prediction for my favorite skater which is the topic at hand.
Yulia will not match her season but it won't matter because no one else will either. The field is very level now with Mao gone. She will win some gold medals and the judges will remember her success from when competitors like Mao and Caro were still in the field. This will keep her PCS high and keyboards busy here at GS. If she struggles a bit early I can see her regaining that "machine like" focus and getting her FIRST WC gold! Probably no gold at GPF and Euros but most likely podium finishes.
We will see much more artistry from her and hopefully that new spin. She will of course be somber on her character to my delight and the dismay of many here Fortunately there are fans and judges who will embrace it!
TBC- I have no ill will toward Polina and was merely answering a question posed here as fairly as I thought possible.
and she placed outside Top at Worlds losing to a more lower ranked teammate
no, its depressing she gets mentioned in out of topic as some sort of miracle skater
yet her latest season results have been dismal
Uh, she beat her lower ranked teammate overall. Gold also lost to her "lower ranked teammate" Edmunds if you recall, but beat her overall. Not to mention, she bombed to lose a bronze medal that was hers to lose. Osmond was coming back from injury, by comparison. What was Gracie's excuse?