Ice Dance Entries
|1||Sarah ARNOLD / Justin TROJEK||CAN||1|
|2||Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER||CAN||1|
|3||Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM||CAN||1|
|4||Pernelle CARRON / Lloyd JONES||FRA||2|
|5||Stefanie FROHBERG / Tim GIESEN||GER||3|
|6||Sinead KERR / John KERR||GBR||4|
|7||Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOV||RUS||5|
|8||Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN||USA||6|
|9||Rachel TIBBETTS / Collin BRUBAKER||USA||6|
The only names on that roster that I am at least somewhat familiar with are the Kerrs, along with Crone/Poirier, and Chock/Zuerlein. The Kerrs placed 5th at Worlds last season, while Crone/Poirier placed 7th. I'm really not sure how everything is going to pan out, but I am thinking that those 2 teams are the most likely candidates for gold. And really... that's about the only thought I've had for the ice dancing at this event based on entries.
|1||Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD||CAN||1|
|2||Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS||CAN||1|
|3||Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH||CAN||1|
|4||Huibo DONG / Yiming WU||CHN||2|
|5||Stacey KEMP / David KING||GBR||3|
|6||Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE||RUS||4|
|7||Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR||USA||5|
|8||Britney SIMPSON / Nathan MILLER||USA||5|
I'm not sure that I've ever seen any of these pairs skate! I do remember that Meagan Duhamel was half a pairs team that had some success before, so I think she and her current partner definitely have a shot at this title. Nothing else really to say here.
As previously stated, the ladies do have some familiar names in the lineup, but it isn't really a field with a clear cut favorite. Because of what I have heard of her consistency, I think that Agnes Zawadzki has a great chance to snag not just a medal here, but a gold, in what will be her senior debut. Fumie Suguri definitely is someone who could easily show up on the medal stand, but she hasn't been at her best the last couple of years it seems. Czisny and Phaneuf both have the potential to medal, but neither is none for consistency. It will be interesting to where everyone will end up in such an open field.
By far the most exciting field in this competition (and my favorite in general), it looks like the main guys to keep an eye on here are Adam Rippon, Nobunari Oda, and Patrick Chan. I'm extremely excited to see how Adam fares as many are looking to him as the next star in American men's skating. If he performs anywhere near how he did at the Japan open a few weeks back, I think he'll easily be in contention for a medal, possibly even gold. Patrick Chan has reportedly been having more luck with the quad lately, but has commented that his triple axel still needs work. Unless he completely implodes, he'll probably get one medal or another here. Nobunari Oda is also definitely in contention. Although he had a disaster of a time at Worlds, I really do think (and hope!) that he will do well here. He's been landing quad-triple-triples in practice, and from a snippet of a video that I watched, his jumps in general are as wonderful as ever. Possible podium crashers here could be Kevin Reynolds (whose quads are great, but he lacks consistency and artistry), Javier Fernandez (who performed pretty well at Worlds this past season), and the always entertaining Alban Preaubert. I'm also looking forward to seeing how Jeremy Ten fares in this competition compared to NHK; he really does have lovely skating, and I'd love to see him skate clean and see where that places him.
P.S. Due to internet problems, I haven't recapped the ladies, pairs, or ice dancing freeskates from NHK and probably won't be able to do it for Skate Canada either. With the internet being inconsistent at best, I'm just trying to see the men for now. If I have an opportunity to recap the other disciplines when my internet is more consistent, I may try.