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judgejudy27
11-22-2010, 10:39 AM
At this early juncture of the season which of the 3 pairs do you think will win the World title this year.

MikiAndoFan#1
11-22-2010, 01:41 PM
All three of them have a chance at winning. The pairs' competition will be interesting to watch at Worlds. Although I'm not a big fan of Kavaguti & Smirnov, it would be nice to see them win, as Pang & Tong and Savchenko & Szolkowy already have two gold medals.

Allen
11-22-2010, 03:09 PM
I want Savchenko and Szolkowy to win, but I wouldn't be upset or anything if Kavaguti and Smirnov win. I think K/S finally have a program that could help them win. K/S and S/S have such different programs that if they both skate clean it will come down to levels and taste on the PCS.

Cloudy_Gumdrops
11-22-2010, 04:29 PM
If S&S can skate cleanly, I think they'll win.

ltnskater
11-22-2010, 05:18 PM
While K/S, free program is lovely this year, the first program from them I actually enjoy watching, I'm worried about their short program leaving them behind because it really is not a very strong program.

Allen
11-22-2010, 05:32 PM
While K/S, free program is lovely this year, the first program from them I actually enjoy watching, I'm worried about their short program leaving them behind because it really is not a very strong program.

No, it really isn't strong. I missed it the other morning and just went to watch it. I think I had high hopes because of the free program, but I felt really let down.

The thing is though, I don't know what kind of program I think they should do. I would like to see something really edgy from them. I think he could definitely pull it off and Yuka is such a hard worker that she would figure out a way to pull it off.

olympic
11-22-2010, 05:51 PM
Does anyone have a comprehensive list of the top pairs re who is in and who is out this year?

julieann
11-22-2010, 05:57 PM
While K/S, free program is lovely this year, the first program from them I actually enjoy watching, I'm worried about their short program leaving them behind because it really is not a very strong program.

Accoring to the judges it was the third stongest SP this season, and they really aren't done working on it yet. If they would have got credit for the last lift in the FS they would have the second highest FS score ahead of P/T.

I had no idea they were off ice for 4 months this summer, I think everything should really come together by the end of the season.

LilJen
11-22-2010, 06:01 PM
I would like S/S to win but I wouldn't be surprised to see K/S take it.

judgejudy27
11-22-2010, 06:26 PM
Not much support for Pang & Tong. And I concur with that. They will easily remain the #1 Chinese team for now as Sui & Han are ineligible for Worlds this season, but they peaked last year probably. Based on their skating so far I would be surprised if they defended their title, more likely a silver or bronze for them.

I see the Germans most likely taking it this year, but Kavaguti & Smirnov could if they actually skate cleanly and improve their short program.

Vash01
11-22-2010, 07:02 PM
I think S&S will win but I would like to see K&S win their first world title in 2011, so I voted with my heart rather than with my head.

Loves_Shizuka
11-22-2010, 07:39 PM
As a big P/T fan, I can't help but think that staying in after last year was a mistake. Am I right in thinking they're wanting to go on until Sochi?! That, to me, is crazy. They've had a wonderful career, and last year was its peak. They're both 30+ and with all due respect, they're no S/Z, even at their best. I can't see them pulling a S/Z in 2014. If they're still loving skating of course, then good on em, but I can't see them ever topping 2010. It'd be nice if they proved me wrong though.

My guess is S/S and K/S battle for the gold, and I actually wouldn't mind seeing the Russians take it, their LP is lurrrvely.

judgejudy27
11-22-2010, 11:55 PM
As a big P/T fan, I can't help but think that staying in after last year was a mistake. Am I right in thinking they're wanting to go on until Sochi?! That, to me, is crazy. They've had a wonderful career, and last year was its peak. They're both 30+ and with all due respect, they're no S/Z, even at their best. I can't see them pulling a S/Z in 2014. If they're still loving skating of course, then good on em, but I can't see them ever topping 2010. It'd be nice if they proved me wrong though.

My guess is S/S and K/S battle for the gold, and I actually wouldn't mind seeing the Russians take it, their LP is lurrrvely.

The Chinese federation are probably wanting P/T to stay in until Sui/Han establish themselves more, and they arent eligible for Worlds until next season I believe. The Zhangs are done, they might return to skate but they will never win another World medal most likely. They need P/T around to have a viable contender at the moment.

I also understand them wanting to continue after their best season ever and for the first time ever having full support as their countries #1 team. What does it matter if they arent Shen/Zhou, Shen/Zhou are retired and are now certain to never return, so it is not like they have to compete against Shen/Zhou again.

blue_idealist
11-23-2010, 12:17 AM
It looks like K&S are the strongest right now, so I voted them, but who knows what will happen by the end of the season. I'm disappointed in P&T so far.

Loves_Shizuka
11-23-2010, 06:05 AM
I also understand them wanting to continue after their best season ever and for the first time ever having full support as their countries #1 team. What does it matter if they arent Shen/Zhou, Shen/Zhou are retired and are now certain to never return, so it is not like they have to compete against Shen/Zhou again.

No, that wasn't the context I meant. What I meant was that staying in until Sochi to go for gold is a long shot - something S/Z managed to do in Vancouver, but P/T aren't in the same league as them. I agree though that P/T might be hanging around until they can hand the mantle over to one of the younger teams.