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    Russian Nationals podium

    What will it look like? What a horse race for ladies singles. It is exciting to see Anna, Sot, Julia, and Elena plus more coming up. Liza Leonova are not done.

    What are your guesses for the pecking order this new season and why?

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    It will be a real battle thats for sure.

    My wild guesses. I am going to predict Sotnikova won't be there because of taking time off or something.


    1. Yulia - Really should have won last year and I think will be given every opportunity to win.

    2. Pogorilaya - I think could take a strong step this year

    3. Proklova - Finished 4th last year despite being very young. I think is going to dominate Juniors this year and will get more of a boost with it being obvious shes the next big star.

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    How can anybody predicts who will be on the podium??

    Sotnikova, Lipni, Radionova, Tuk, Pogo, Leonova, Proklova...absolute impossible..

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    Too early to predict something for the girls. They are all very young . all can improve or go over rough times in a few month.

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    Wow. I had no idea that only the ladies competed at Russian Nationals.

    For men, I am hoping:

    1. Gachinski
    2. Menshov (these two can be swapped if needs must)
    3. Voronov

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    Wow. I had no idea that only the ladies competed at Russian Nationals.

    For men, I am hoping:

    1. Gachinski
    2. Menshov (these two can be swapped if needs must)
    3. Voronov
    Yes, I'm waiting Gachi for the podium, too. And you don't forget about Pitkeev..so young, but so elegant who knows??

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    Wow. I had no idea that only the ladies competed at Russian Nationals.

    For men, I am hoping:

    1. Gachinski
    2. Menshov (these two can be swapped if needs must)
    3. Voronov
    I like this podium!)) Sorry, Kovtun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    Wow. I had no idea that only the ladies competed at Russian Nationals.

    For men, I am hoping:

    1. Gachinski
    2. Menshov (these two can be swapped if needs must)
    3. Voronov
    I like your taste I wish that'll be how the podium looks like but high doubtful

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    As much as people don't want Kovtun on the podium/World team, he should make the World team with Voronov if Russia wants to have even a remote shot at obtaining 3 spots for the 2016 Worlds. I mean, the guy came 4th at Worlds. Voronov has been abysmal at Worlds, but has gained consistency the last season, and could crack the top 10. I don't have much confidence in Gachinski at this point.

    Ladies (obviously really difficult to predict):
    1. Lipnitskaia
    2. Radionova
    3. Sotnikova

    Men:
    1. Kovtun
    2. Voronov
    3. Menshov (although Pitkeev might surprise)

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    Wow. I had no idea that only the ladies competed at Russian Nationals.

    For men, I am hoping:

    1. Gachinski
    2. Menshov (these two can be swapped if needs must)
    3. Voronov

    with Sokolovskaya the Grimm Reaper as the coach
    I don't think so

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    Quote Originally Posted by YLFan View Post
    It will be a real battle thats for sure.

    My wild guesses. I am going to predict Sotnikova won't be there because of taking time off or something.

    1. Yulia - Really should have won last year and I think will be given every opportunity to win.

    2. Pogorilaya - I think could take a strong step this year

    3. Proklova - Finished 4th last year despite being very young. I think is going to dominate Juniors this year and will get more of a boost with it being obvious shes the next big star.
    That doesn't mean much. Sakhanovich finished fourth last year while being a year younger at that time.

    My guess if Sotnikova is not there:
    1. Lipnitskaya
    2. Radionova
    3. Pogorilaya
    4.-7. Sakhanovich, Proklova, Sotskova, Medvedeva in any order.
    Which means that Tuktamysheva will be again low - 8th. all other higher places being already taken...

    If Sotnikova competes, she will be 1st or 2nd, and the rest of ladies will move one place lower.

    Men:
    1. Voronov
    2. Kovtun
    3. Menshov
    4. Gachinsky
    5. Pitkeev

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    im wondering if one of the new ice dance couples will get into the podium, bronze could be a huge achievement.
    pairs is pretty obvious with v/t and s/k in the top (unless some serious meltdown happens) and maybe a/m can get bronze.
    in ladies so much can happen, like they are all really young and puberty/growth spurts can scramble the podium a bit... and maybe sotnikova isnt even there, and of she is then she wil probably get 1 or 2. and i hope pogo will be in the podium, she should really think about competing foe another country if this season doesnt work for her.
    men idk.

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    Hmm I could see a couple potential country switches, given the insane depth and talent within the Russian ladies. I can definitely see Nikol Gosviani skating for Georgia (apparently her last name is Georgian). Also, Pogorilaya may want to consider switching to Ukraine - both of her parents of from Ukraine (per her Wikipedia) and her last name also suggests Ukrainian heritage. While she's towards the top of Russian ladies right now, once Proklova-Sakhanovich-Sotskova-Medvedeva become senior eligible, Pogo may have a tough time making teams in Russia, whereas she'd basically be guaranteed a spot on the Ukrainian team. While I know that the Russian competition will push everyone, her weaknesses may catch up with her/she may get passed. Something for her to consider.
    Other than that, Russian nationals is going to be CRAZY GOOD once this current crop all become senior - Lipnitskaya, Sotnikova, Tuktamysheva, Radionova, Pogorilaya, Gosviani, Medvedeva, Sakhanovich, Proklova, and Sotskova will all likely be worthy of a spot, and only 3 max out of those 10 will be able to go.

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    Yes but what will happen if Ukraine becomes Russian again? Stopped following news when I read Jew had to register in Ukraine. OT but I have so much on my plate, I block world news mostly right now as it is so crazy upsetting. Anyway, God Bless Ukraine...certainly great talents come from there in FS anyway.

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    Back to Guesses, I think Anna will be a huge rival to Adelina with Julia and Elena. They are all off the chart athletic. It depends I think on who has a good program and look. Julia had the best this year. Sochi was sad as people mioight have accepted Julia as golden over beloved, mature Kim. I wish them all better programs.

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