Nebelhorn Olympic Qualifying, Men

And of course after Sunday’s entry the Nebelhorn roster finally goes up(not to mention the Baltic Cup roster, but I’m going to hold on that one since I’m pretty sure at least some of the US entries will be replaced; I’ll have to update the Latvia roster again at some point there).  Men are here, other disciplines will be coming hopefully soon.

Men’s entries from countries not yet qualified:

1 Slavik HAYRAPETYAN ARM 1
2 Brendan KERRY AUS 2
3 Pavel IGNATENKO BLR 3
4 Luiz MANELLA BRA 4
5 Manol ATANASSOV BUL 5
7 Jordan JU TPE 7
8 Josip GLUHAK CRO 8
10 Justus STRID DEN 10
11 Hyon CHOE PRK 11(no video available)
12 Bela PAPP FIN 12
13 Valtter VIRTANEN FIN 12
15 Phillip HARRIS GBR 14
16 Ronald LAM HKG 15
17 Marton MARKO HUN 16
18 Conor STAKELUM IRL 17
19 Alexei BYCHENKO ISR 18
20 Stanislav SAMOKHIN ISR 18
21 Paul Bonifacio PARKINSON ITA 19
23 Saulius AMBRULEVICIUS LTU 21
24 Fabriczio CARRILLO MEX 22
25 Florian GOSTELIE NED 23
26 Michael Christian MARTINEZ PHI 24
27 Maciej CIEPLUCHA POL 25
28 Jin Seo KIM KOR 26
29 Zoltan KELEMEN ROU 27
32 Stephane WALKER SUI 30
33 Osman AKGÜN TUR 31
34 Yakov GODOROZHA UKR 32

27 countries, 2 of them having two contenders listed which it not allowed; they’ll have to pull one, six spots, no countries that have the other 24 likely to give any of them up, and no locks. Insert Hunger Games reference here. Then consider:

Yakov Godorozha: Just missed at Worlds
Justus Strid: Also made the men’s free at Worlds, but was much further behind
Maciej Ciepulcha: Just missed qualifying for the free
Jin-Seo Kim: Behind Ciepulcha, but has the potential to do better than that
Michael Christian Martinez: Wasn’t at Worlds because Chris Caluza took that berth over him, but considered likely to pass him sooner or later
Pavel Ignatenko: Withdrew from Worlds, beat three of the above plus Olympic qualifier Viktor Romanenkov at Europeans
Stephane Walker: Has earned scores comparable to those above
Luiz Manella: Lacked the qualifying score for Worlds, but getting some attention very recently since, and it should be kept in mind that non-European skaters have less chances to earn said score
Hyon Choe: Did respectably enough at the Asian Figure Skating Trophy two weeks ago, the first time we’ve seen anything of him, and North Korea does often qualify at least one skater for the games
Alexei Bychenko & Stanislav Samokhin: The former probably has more chance than the latter, a countryhopper with no international record-I suspect Samokhin will eventually be pulled
Zoltan Keleman: The only man here competing for a spot who has won one in the past, which he did for the last Olympics
Paul Parkinson: Would have to actually land his jumps
Brendan Kerry: If he skates like he did at the Skate Down Under this week

Predicting seems like shooting in the dark, but I’m going to go with Godorozha, Kim, Martinez, Ignatenko, Ciepulcha, and for the final spot, I’ve just got a feeling about Manella, though I’d be close to saying Keleman instead. Look for me to probably be wrong. Ladies and couples coming up this evening, hopefully.

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