Who has two thumbs and is back to make some Skate America 2015 predictions?? THIS WOMAN!
Here are the times to watch (on IceNetwork)... and here’s when to watch on NBC and Universal Sports...
And here are my thoughts on who might shine in
CONTENDERS: Yan Han, Takahito Mura, Shoma Uno, Denis Ten, Konstantin Menshov, Max Aaron, Jason Brown
GOLD: Shoma Uno (JPN)
SILVER: Takahito Mura (JPN)
BRONZE: Jason Brown (
DARK HORSE: Max Aaron (
), Han Yan (CHN) USA
Reigning World Bronze Medalist Denis Ten might be the favorite (??) but A) Historically speaking, he doesn’t skate well early in the season... and B) I simply can’t forget Shoma Uno’s marvelous free skate at the Japan Open a few weeks ago. Maybe he can’t replicate it here—he didn’t do so great at the U.S. Classic, after all—but if he’s anywhere close, look out! Also, keep a lookout for Mura’s SP—none other than Charlie White is listed as choreographer.
USA Alert-- Our entries are Brown, Aaron, and Ross Miner, the latter of whom is using Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever” for his free skate. (Fellow American Adam Rippon, who skates next week, uses the same song for his SP this season.)
CONTENDERS: Satoko Miyahara, Yulia Lipnitskaya, Evgenia Medvedeva, Karen Chen, Gracie Gold
GOLD: Satoko Miyahara (JPN)
SILVER: Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS)
BRONZE: Yulia Lipnitskaia (RUS)
DARK HORSE: Gracie Gold (
Medvedeva, a junior GP star making her senior GP debut here, is currently a jumping machine! I’m giving Miyahara the nod here because of the component score expectations, but if she misses a jump or two Medvedeva could “jump” right in there.
I saw Lipnitskaia at her warm-up event (Finlandia Trophy) and think she may well be back in the hunt... but I don’t think she can beat Miy or Med just yet.
CONTENDERS: Sui/Han, Stolbova/Klimov, Asakhova/Rogonov, Scimeca/Knierim
GOLD: Sui/Han (CHN)
SILVER: Stolbova/Klimov (RUS)
BRONZE: Asakhova/Rogonov (RUS)
DARK HORSE: Scimeca/Knierim (
I can’t imagine this will be that difficult for the reigning World Silver Medalists to win, even with the reigning OSMs in the hunt. Would love to see Sci/Kni get that bronze.
CONTENDERS: Gilles/Poirier, Sinitsina/Katsalapov, Chock/Bates, Hawayek/Baker, Yanovskaya/Mozgov
GOLD: Chock/Bates (
SILVER: Gilles/Poirier (CAN)
BRONZE: Yanovskaya/Mozgov (RUS)
DARK HORSE: Hawayek/Baker (
C/B started a very successful season with a SkAm win last year; no reason I know of that they shouldn’t successfully defend their title. Bronze is sort of a tossup, but I’m picking the rising Russian stars over the rising
stars this time.
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