- Dec 5, 2015
I think that if healthy Miura/ Kihara could actually place relatively well in the pairs' event. They already showed quite a bit of promise last year and with another two years of practice, I don't think they will be at the bottom of the field. The Japanese ice dance pair of Komatsubara/Koleto might do relatively well, too. I wouldn't count Japan out for bronze. I think Bronze is a toss up between Italy, China, Japan, France and Canada. We will have to see how all of the countries do at Worlds this year and next year in competition.Well, the country needs truly strong contender in at least two categories to have a chance, while they need top be at least "so-so" in others. the countries who have somehow talents spread among all four disciplines are naturally Russia, USA and IMO Italy.
France was held by pair discipline, but with the end of James/Cipres they don't have a strong contender in two categories. They have Papadakis/Cizeron, but in other categories Aymoz is not enough when teir current ladies and pairs lack on the top too much.
China has strong pairs and has Boyang, but the other two categories are too weak.
Japan has men and ladies, but too weak ice dance and currently no competitive pair.
Canada can achieve good results in three categories, but their ladies are currently not competitive with the top.