According to fsskate.ru there will be 14 pairs at this year russian nationals but we all know who are the top seven. Here is the name of these teams with their highest mark of this season (first domestic then international marks) Yuko Kawaguchi - Alexander Smirnov 187.38 182.70 Lubov Ilyushechkin - Nodari Maisuradze 168.24 177.44 Tatiana Volosozhar - Maxim Trankov 201.45 dont have ksenia Stolbova - Fedor Klimov dont have 159.79 Katarina Gerboldt - Alexander Enbert 174.70 160.42 Vera Bazarova - Yuri Larionov 184.39 183.00 Maria Mukhortova - Jerome Blanchard 173.99 dont have (its before Memorial NA Panina) So assuming that you saw at least one performance of these teams, who are your favourites. Here is my favs : 1-Lubov Ilyushechkin - Nodari Maisuradze Just love them specailly since they land their elements. 2-Maria Mukhortova - Jerome Blanchard beautiful to watch even with two empty programs. 3-Tatiana Volosozhar - Maxim Trankov strong team 4-Vera Bazarova - Yuri Larionov 5-Yuko Kawaguchi - Alexander Smirnov They have the best lp this year but still .... 6-ksenia Stolbova - Fedor Klimov 7-Katarina Gerboldt - Alexander Enbert And their placement at nationals considering they do clean, their Technical ability, programs, russian federation politics: 1-Tatiana Volosozhar - Maxim Trankov 2-Yuko Kawaguchi - Alexander Smirnov Its hard to decide between these two but somehow I think federation is more supportive towards V&T 3-Vera Bazarova - Yuri Larionov 4-Lubov Ilyushechkin - Nodari Maisuradze I am optimistic here actually they must be third but they may even put behind M&B 5-Maria Mukhortova - Jerome Blanchard 6-Ksenia Stolbova - Fedor Klimov 7-Katarina Gerboldt - Alexander Enbert Again optimistic here! So what are yours?