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    Ice Dance Prospects

    Two events have seen 19 couples skate, and there have been a couple of interesting results, with a number of new contenders rising to the surface. So far:

    NHK Trophy Top Four:

    1. Meryl Davis & Charlie White-Should win Skate America, then the Finale.

    2. Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Pojé-Not going to beat Davis & White at Skate America, but two silvers would work. But for that they're up against their countrymen, who have just won an event, and whom they haven't beaten in two years. Also the Shibutanis and Capellini & Lanotte, and you can't assume they'll beat either couple again when both made mistakes last time. Even Riaznova & Tkachenko could beat a possible factor. They may need luck even for bronze and a chance.

    3. Maia & Alex Shibutani-Not going to beat Marlie either, and the question stills remains of if they can beat Capellini & Lanotte for silver again, and both of the two Canadian teams could beat them too; I suspect Crone & Poirier will.

    4. Elena Ilyinkh & Nikita Katsalapov-To have a chance they'd need to win Rostelecom Cup, where they'd need to beat Faiella & Scali and the Kerrs, and the odds are against them beating either.

    Skate Canada Top Four:

    1. Vanessa Crone & Paul Poirier-Need only medal at Skate America, where they'll face off Capellini & Lanotte for silver, and they may not win that. But the odds are in their favour over Weaver & Pojé and the Shibutanis for the bronze, and so long as they beat one of them they've still got a chance.

    2. Sinead & John Kerr-Need to win Rostelecom Cup to make it certain, and they don't typically beat Faiella & Scali. They need to focus on silver, which they're not safe for: Hoffman & Zavozin or even Bobrova & Soloviev could beat them if they don't skate clean. After this week's disappointment, well, they really don't want to lose to them both...

    3. Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlin-Need to win Trophée Eric Bombard to make it certain, and if Virtue & Moir make it there that's not happening. Even for silver and a chance they'd need to beat Pechelat & Bourzat, which isn't too likely either.

    4. Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam-For any chance they'd need to win Rostelecom Cup, where the odds are long indeed for even silver.

    Out, but still factors:

    Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir-withdrawn from Skate Canada, but will win Trophée Eric Bombard unless her shins stop them
    Anna Cappelini & Luca Lanotte-5th at NHK Trophy, could break some other couple's hearts at Skate America

    Contenders yet to skate:

    Frederica Faiella & Massimo Scali
    Nathalie Pechelat & Fabian Bourzat
    Nora Hoffman & Maxim Zavozin

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    Cup of China is going to be very, very interesting!

    A link to the standings might be useful, because they also have the tie breakers listed

    1 Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA 15 X 15 1 165.21 1 98.24 98.24 66.97 10
    2 Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER CAN 15 X 15 1 154.42 1 91.47 91.47 62.95 9
    3 Sinead KERR / John KERR GBR 13 X 13 2 149.80 1 86.84 86.84 62.96 9
    4 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 13 X 13 2 141.57 1 82.88 82.88 58.69 10
    5 Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN USA 11 X 11 3 139.05 1 84.86 84.86 54.19 9
    6 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 11 X 11 3 136.93 1 83.25 83.25 53.68 10

    At COC, contenders are

    At SA, contenders are:

    My guess is D&W win, giving them 2 firsts
    C/P 2nd, giving them a first and a second
    W/P 3rd, giving them a second and a third

    At COR contenders are:
    Faiella & Scali
    Bobrova & Soloviev
    Paul and Islam

    My guess is F&S win, Kerrs 2nd or 3rd, B&S 2nd or 3rd

    At TEB, it looks like a weak field.
    Chock & Zuerlein
    And of course, V&M, should they compete, will win.
    Riazanova & Tkachenko

    Chock & Zuelein could end up with a 2nd and a 3rd.
    P&B should have a 1st and a 2nd

    So overall we have:
    D&W 30 pts
    F&S 30 pts
    C&P 28 pts
    P&B 28 pts

    The 5th spot will likely be Kerrs 26 pts:
    Then the final spot will be up for grabs on tie breaks
    If B&S grab the second spot at COR, both they and the Kerrs could fall in the tie break bucket for the last 2 spots.

    both of whom have a good shot for a 2nd and a 3rd (24 points). The tie breakers as they currently stand are very close, and its impossible to call at this point.
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 11-02-2010 at 04:52 AM.

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    I see Davis & White and Crone & Poirier already being pretty safe. I see Failla & Scali making it barring a disaester. Pechalat & Bourzat should be fine as long as they dont allow Bobrova & Soloviev to beat them this weekend. If B&S can place 2nd this week they are in the running, and even if not they are in it if they beat the Kerrs at COR. I think the Kerrs will probably make it. I see Weaver & Poje or B&S getting the final spot. Weaver & Poje only making it if B&S are 3rd at both their events since I see B&S posting higher scores. I guess Chock & Zuelein have a shot if Virtue & Moir dont skate their 2nd event.
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    Well this weekends results change things a bit. Bobrova & Soloviev look in better shape now but still could fall into a tiebreak if they are only 3rd at Cup of Russia. Honestly with both the Kerrs and Italians looking shaky early though it would seem their odds to beat atleast 1 of those 2 on home ice are pretty good though.

    The Italians are now under the gun and need to win Cup of Russia to be safe.

    Pechalat & Bourzat are pretty much safe now. The TEB fields sucks so barring a disaester they will win both their GP events actually. Well that or Virtue & Moir showing up last minute.

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    V/M aren't coming. They said they'd miss the fall series in MacLeans magazine.

    D/W, C/P and P/B are safe. The next three slots are between B/S, The Shibs, W/P, F/S, C/Z and the Kerrs. It would be cool to see two Canadian and two American teams. Right now, I'm thinking

    1. D/W (15+15)
    2. P/B (15+15)
    3. C/P (15+13)
    4. F/S (11+15)
    5. B/S (13+13)
    6. W/P vs C/Z vs Kerrs, with W/P winning on tie break.
    Last edited by ImaginaryPogue; 11-07-2010 at 01:25 PM.

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    SKate America Teams with points coming in
    W&P I think will finish 3rd, but S&S could overtake them. S&S beat them in the FD at NHK
    Based on this line up, D&W and C&P are a lock for the GPF, I think.
    Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA 15
    Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER CAN 15
    Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 13 (26 or 24)
    Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 11 (22 or 24) It is the USA after all. Home cooked scores.

    Cup of Russia. This is going to be a very competitive, interesting event, and really, it will determine who is in the GPF and who is not.
    B&S, K&K, and F&S are all on a similar level. I'm thinking Kerrs are in the better shape of the 2 non-Russian teams, and B&S won't finish lower than 2nd, because of home-brew grading. But it might not be, if the I&K fever hits, and they are finally in shape (which they weren't really, at NHK) F&S might not win this one. It's only 2 weeks since CoC and they have a lot to fix.

    Sinead KERR / John KERR GBR 13. They could have 28, 26, or 24 coming out of here.
    Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 13 (home cooking. They will likely get 2nd, maybe 3rd, especially if he goofs up the twizzles again. But again, they may get pumped up to 1st...
    Federica FAIELLA / Massimo SCALI ITA 11 They could have 26, 24, or 22 coming out of here. If they don't win, they don't make it, Kerrs or Bobrova do.
    Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM CAN 9
    Nora HOFFMAN / Maxim ZAVOZIN HUN 9

    TEB. Darn weak field.

    Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT FRA 15 No way they are not winning, coming out with 30.
    Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN USA 11 (They could get out of here with 24)
    Pernelle CARRON / Lloyd JONES FRA 9
    Granted, this is in France, but their FD is a total train wreck. What the heck does a flamenco have to do with The Rolling Stones????

    I'm thinking the Kerrs get in on the tiebreak/not W/P.
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 11-07-2010 at 03:20 PM.

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