So for the second year in a row we had the Grand Prix Finale in Barcelona. So for the second year in a row I had that obscure Sondheim song stuck in my head on and off the entire fall. So for the second year in a row, I’m posting a video of it so it’ll get stuck in everyone else’s heads too!
There are several more performances of it on YouTube too, so feel free, ISU, to hold it there again. Meanwhile, a loose thought on each of the eight competitions contested here:
Senior Men: We’ve done quite some accelerating on those scores in the men’s. Two years ago it was considered absolutely crazy when Patrick Chan or Yuzuru Hanyu broke a hundred in the TES. Today four men did it! Hanyu still hasn’t maxed out yet; there are plenty of 9s and +2s and even some +1s on his GOE sheet, and of course theoretically he can continue to take his score up by doing harder and harder jumps, but it’ll be interesting to see if he ever reaches a point where he loses the ability to score higher than he has already.
Senior Ladies: Are we seriously looking at Evgenia Medvedeva as the favorite for gold in Boston? We might be, especially since right now she’s the biggest lock for the team after this series, though Liza T and Elena R are still looking pretty good for the other two ladies(if Elena more because noone looks quite ready to knock her off). Nonetheless, a clearer picture will probably emerge at Europeans. And of course, there’s no telling what will happen to her next year.
Senior Pairs: And likewise, Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov might come to Boston as favorites for gold, but we have to wait for Europeans, and how Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov will look coming off of injuries. If they don’t make it, of course, they will be the favorites.
Senior Dance: The world champions this year, on the other hand, will probably still be the reigning ones not here. On the other hand, it’s getting difficult to predict which teams will be on the podium with them. Though it’s hard to believe Chock & Bates wouldn’t be, especially since they’re the home team’s best bet for a medal.
Junior Men: Nathan Chen could’ve made a bigger statement here than he did, but he still might make senior worlds this year.
Junior Ladies: So Polina Tsurskaya is too young to be the be the next big Russian girl of the senior competitions before the Olympic season, but Maria Sotskova’s got a fair chance of taking over next year.
Junior Pairs: On the other hand, I wonder how many of the Russian pairs here will even stay together, especially give some of the age differences and the girls probably not yet through puberty, although at least winners Ekaterina Borisova & Dmitri Sopot are on slightly more steady ice there.
Junior Dance: But I hope Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter don’t split. They’ve got too much potential for that.