Done hastily before I run off to work:
Men: Javier Fernandez, Takahiko Kozuka, Michal Brezina. Though really, I feel like I’m shooting in the dark even predicting Fernandez to win, despite his abilities; everyone here is so inconsistent. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Mura went and won instead(and then probably came in 10th at his other event). Or Amodio could medal, but I’m putting no money on him until further notice. But Brezina has been faring worse than the other two, and Kozuka has been struggling much more than Fernandez, so… Also looking forward to: Menshov is still going! Hope he does well.
Ladies:Ashley Wagner, Anna Pogorilaya, Alena Leonova. Maybe I’m just predicting what I really want to happen here, when the recent trends would insist the Russians would win instead. But even with her recent comeback Leonova has a ways to go yet, and Pogoriyala is still not the strongest lady in the Russian field either, so I will continue to hope she can pull this one out, at least if she rotates a few more jumps than she did in Japan. Looking forward: how well both of them do, though.
Pairs: Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Wenjing Sui & Cong Han, Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro. Though I’m close to thinking Canada might go 1-2 here, and the only reason I’m not predicting it because Moore-Towers & Marinaro probably are still getting used to each other. I have doubts about Sui & Han going into the future, especially if she really is younger than her ISU bio claims, and they really aren’t the only ones doing the quad elements anymore. Also looking forward to: I don’t think James & Cipres will quite medal here, but it’ll be interesting to see how well they do nonetheless.
Ice Dance: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Pojé, Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue, Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier. With the Germans struggling recently, the only real question here becomes who wins the silver, and Hubbell & Donohue were the ones that won the face-off with Gilles & Poirier on the biggest stage either of them has starred on so far. Also looking forward to: Hurtado & Diaz!