So we had a couple of unexpected results this weekend. One especially wonders how much significance there is to Madison Chock & Evan Bates not only failing to win, but getting a lower SD score than the Shibutanis did last week. But there may not be much to that, since it’s difference competitions and they were close. This may rather be the comeback of Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte, who are now definitely contenders to get their title back, unless Papadakis & Cizeron manage to continue on unhindered by her concussion.
Speaking of comebacks, it’s kind of amazing to see Mao’s only gotten better than she’s ever been, even if she still isn’t rotating everything and had a less-than stellar free. Meanwhile, if she hangs around, it seems Japan’s going to have a top trio it’ll be hard for anyone else to break into, with Rika Hongo quickly establishing herself as its third member. It’ll be a huge shock if the two of them and Miyahara aren’t the World team.
Speaking of who makes that competition, should we be worried about Elena Radionova? It’s hard to tell right now. So far the only cert for the Russian team is Liza T, with Evgenia Medvedeva confirming her candidacy, Julia L not quite managing the comeback she did last year, Anna Pogorilya on the other hand making clear this week she won’t just knuckle under, and Adelina Sotnikova is still waiting in the wings.
Also, Boyang Jin is scary.