It appears to me that there will be a Russian sweep and I have no problem with that as long as there is no hanky panky going on. In each discipline it is apparent to me that Russia can take gold, and in some disciplines it is almost sewed up.
Men's will be tight for all three, or four (Klimkin) European men if Evgeni really has a problem with his knees. One N.American male may squeeze on the podium.
Like Evgeni, Ladies will be tight if Irina has any kind of relapse in her illness. I think Sasha if she does a clean skate will give Irina major competition. Arawaka and Kwan will need very faulty skating by Irina.
Pairs are so tight, I can't imagine any clear cut winner. It will be the one for hanky panky if there is any of that stuff going to happen. I'm hoping for Savachenko and Szolkowy to show that rapport between the pair is more important than the tricks.
I have no way of judging Dance I've read the requirements and refuse to believe judges have done the same and actually understood them. I presume Navka and Kostomarov will take the gold, and the judges will allow rapport in this discipline and could do away with phony grimacing passion. The two D&S's will do me fine.
All of the above is suject to change by the end of the Grand Prix.
Do you have any feelings at the point in time?