Time to talk about the 2013 field of Senior ice dance competitors!
And with Davis/White and the Shib Sibs a lock and near-lock for 1-2, here's thoughts on some of the others:
I’m looking for Madison Chock/Evan Bates to make a move from last year’s 5th place. Now two seasons strong, they are more established, have more experience, and their Dr. Zhiavago FD is a lovely vehicle for them. I don’t know if they can overtake Hubbell/Donohue for third—yet—but fourth is another story. Last year’s pewter medalists K/G-S (as I’ve vowed to nickname them this year) use an Adele medley for their FD this season, and I wonder if it comes across as challenging enough in what amounts to their 7th season together.
Incidentally, Keiffer Hubbell (
brother and former partner) will return to the National scene this week with
new partner Anastasia Olsen. We last saw her finishing in 6th place
last season with Jordan Cowan.
Also of note...
+ Both Cannuscio sisters are back. Anastasia (the younger one) returns in her third season with Colin McManus, and Isabella returns with new partner Michael Bramant. But don’t let their inexperience fool you—they won Eastern Sectionals with a unique, retro jazz FD that definitely grabbed my attention.
+ Speaking of siblings... we may be missing Rockne Brubaker at this Nationals (sigh), but his younger brother Collin will compete among the Senior ice dancers with Alissandra Aronow.
+ If you happen to be looking for new Pacific coast representatives of ice dance in
you might want to look for something else... there was no senior dance event at
Pacific Coast Sectionals this year.
So, my predictions...
That only leaves THE LADIES... which of course I'll post sometime before their SP begins Thursday night!