It seems Junior Worlds wasn’t long enough ago for it to be time for Worlds already, but nonetheless we’re only a weekend away now, and Icenetwork did their predictions, so the rest of us should too:
Men: Denis Ten, Yuzuru Hanyu, Javier Fernandez. More certain about the first two than the last; Fernandez may yet have a bad competition and hand bronze to one of the Russians. But Hanyu’s struggles sound like the kind that will allow Ten, who delivers at important competitions nowadays, to slip past him, even though we’ve seen this season just how difficult it is for him to be beaten even when he falls down five times, so…Also predicting: both of said Russian men will finish higher than they probably should.
Ladies: Elizaveta Tuktamisheva, Elena Radionova, Ashley Wagner. Yep, I’m being optimistic about Ashley yet again, but it’s not like all the other contenders for bronze have had plenty of struggles this season, and most of them had them more recently than she has. Besides, her PCS are high enough she’ll probably only be beaten by the Russians because of jumps getting dinged, at least unless Liza T pulls off the 3A. Also predicting: Hongo will beat both her countrywomen, and everyone’s heads will implode!
Pairs: Duhamel & Radford, Kavaguti & Smirnov, Peng & Zhang. Although again, I’m more uncertain as to who will win the bronze, except that they’ll probably be Chinese. Also predicting: Lubov I & Dylan M getting a high finish. That would be nice, anyway.
Dance: Weaver & Pojé, Papadakis & Cizeron, Chock & Bates. Though I’m sure it’ll be extremely close, especially between the top two, and this will probably be W&P’s only world title. Really would like Chock & Bates to not medal, but that’s probably too much to hope for. Also predicting: The ShibSibs placing much lower than they ought to. Really, that whole situation is just sad.