I think I am going to make a list of whom I would be overjoyed to see, to just check how unlucky I am
Ladies: Zagitova, Trusova, Sakomoto, Lim
Gentlemen: Uno, Messing, Zhou, Boyang, Brezhina, Voronov, Lazukin
Pairs: Zabiyako&Enbert, James&Cipres, DellaMonica& Guarise, Pavlyuchenko & Khodykin
Zagitova also seems to have the easy route.
A few thoughts on ladies:
Satoko has been pretty protected with this seeding, but I'm surprised she didn't get NHK.
I really hope that NHK spot goes to Mai.
Bradie gets the short end of the stick by having back to back events and limited opportunity to build PCS and momentum (this hurt H/D in the long run).
The matchup between Bradie/Kaori/Liza at Skate America will be fascinating.
A matchup between Alina and Rika at NHK? Trusova and Rika at Skate Canada?
I'm very doubtful that Karen will keep both of her spots.
Kostornaia could walk away with some big PCS given her competition in her events.
The 3A have all been set up to succeed. All of their first events look harder than their second events though.
Mako Yamashita could surprise a lot of people at Skate America. She was on fire in the early season last year and tbh should have beaten Liza at Skate Canada.
Even so I have no idea what's going to happen, and all in all this is a much more exciting GP than last year already.
- Rusfed was lazy, so they just paired the girls and gave each pair two GPs.
- It is weird that Alina didn't get Rostelecom.