I have had this obscure Sondheim song stuck in my head for weeks. So now I’m posting it to get it stuck in a few other people’s heads too!
And for some last-minute scrambling before the Grand Prix Finale begins, a single prediction for each competition:
Senior Men: With Gracie Gold out, Maxim Kovtun will instead be the one to send my timeline lamenting by medaling. I don’t *think* he’ll win though…
Senior Ladies: Russian sweep. Face it, any chance of that not happening went out the door with Gracie. Ashley might beat one Russian if she’s lucky, but she won’t beat two until she starts rotating more jumps again, and Hongo has probably filled her Russian-beating quota for her first season on the senior level already.
Senior Pairs: Sui & Han will have another stunning competition, and lose to Stolbova & Klimov, causing much angry ranting about the Russians being favored, although I actually wouldn’t assume S&K will be undeserving, if only because if they’re perfect there’s no way they won’t be.
Senior Dance: I *really* want to say Weaver & Pojé will win, but I’m terrified of Chock & Bates. I definitely think they could win a segment again at least, though maybe not overall?
Junior Men: Roman Sadovsky will medal. Just because.
Junior Ladies: There will unexpectedly *not* be a Russian sweep. I’m not sure which Japanese girl will disrupt it, though I suppose if that does happen if may be by only a fraction of a point.
Junior Pairs: So I should probably predict the Russian sweep will happen here instead, though I’ve got the feeling Seguin & Bilodeau could come heartbreaking close to disrupting it.
Junior Dance: On the other hand, I’m willing to bet the Canadians go 2-3 here; I think if they got their levels the only team they wouldn’t outskate would be Yanovskaia & Mozgov.