On the Ice
I'm just going to throw it out there. Here's how it will go. You read it here first:
GP 1 and GP 4. Skate America and NHK Trophy
Sasha, Dasha and Maiia
GP 2 and GP 5. Skate Canada and Internationaux da France
Liza, Kamila and Zhenya
GP 3 and GP 6. Cup of China and Rostelecom Cup
Anna, Alyona and extra girl
Yes, Dasha and Maiia will both be paired with Sasha (possibly Eteri's influence). D and M have very little to lose and the other "2nd round" picks Alyona and Kamila will not be put up against Sasha.
Kamila will skate with the age 20+ girls. It's a nice enviroment for her: to compete at GP for the first time and travel with these two very experienced lovely ladies, who I don't think can be that intimitating to her. Kamila will sweep the gold medals in Canada and France!
Anna will have to go to China again. But I think that she's the one who's turn is to do the Rostelecom. She even missed out this season. She will be paired with Alyona. And I don't see that as a fierce rivalry at this point. Eteri just wants the girls to bring home gold and silver.
the "extra girl" will be two different girls getting one go. Nugumanova I'm guessing and idk. We'll see.
My prediction also includes Alina not being interested in the GP series.
I'm a bit clueless when it comes to GP assignments but doesn't Anna get a say in where she goes? Would she really want to do Cup of China again having already won it? It's generally seen as a less "prestigious" assignment (not sure why but I always get that vibe) and I can't recall any reigning World Champions going to it.