Unfortunately I don't think things look good for Marrocco, however if she skates well at Nationals she has a decent shot at Euros. For me though if all 4 girls were to skate clean, Silete would come out on top.
AFAIK, Candice Didier intends to compete this season. Based on their top scores last season, there are at least five women who could win Nationals this year.
Candice Didier has made no improvment in the consistency area. From what I've seen from her the most recently she hasn't improve in any of the areas she usually has trouble on : consistency, choreography, interpretation. Other French girls have passed her in all these areas.
Don't write Didier off just yet.
I don't like to see skaters or athletes sticking in an impossible goal and lose other more important opportunities for them.
The problem with Candice is that she's stuck with the Français Volants in Bercy.
But there is nothing interesting in Bercy, nothing that would have helped her to develop when it was still time.
Right now, she's mainly a "sparring partner" for Méité.
And given Gailhaguet's new pet idea (sending figure skaters to train abroad), I wouldn't bet on Maé staying in Bercy next year (if Galhaguet is his persuasive self). IF Maé gets her baccalauréat - highschool final diploma - next June, her parents should be more open to her training abroad (not with Morozov, not with Morozov *praying*).
I wouldn't bet on the interest of Candice's coach beyond her role with Maé. If there is no Maé ...
And since the whole Bercy complex will undergo a major renovation in 2014 and 2015, I don't even know what the Français Volants club will do then.
Anyway, Candice is a university student (in biology ?). When she'll get tired of figure skating, she'll just stop.
BTW, I've read in L'Equipe that the FFSG has inked a contract with Eurosport covering the same period than the contract between Eurosport and the ISU for the TEB (2 years ago (?), Eurosport France was the only Eurosport branch to not broadcast the TEB, due to FFSG's contracts with other channels). I can't remember perfectly how long was that contract but for sure, it was lasting beyond Sotchi. So European fellows, we can rejoice, we have several seasons of GP covered by Eurosport ahead.
I'm seriously worried about French ice dance after Natalie & Fabien will finish on 2014.
Carron/Jones appear to go backwards judged by the performance of yesterday.
Zahorski/Miart did not yet make an appearance this season.
This leaves Papadakis/Cizeron to fly the flag for France, and they stagnated this season.
I don't understand how French ice dance deteriorated of just these couples.
I've been catching up on videos of the GP, and I just want to say that I love Alban's commentary on Eurosport. I wish he and Géraldine could do all the events together - just the two of them...
Most of the time, I also don't mind Pélissier putting down half the skaters at the end of the programs. My main issue is when he starts rambling about costumes and music and painting and literature and what-not for minutes on end during the programs... and it's become more and more frequent. He used not to say a word during the programs - I wish he could go back to that.
I loved his comments, because he really pointed out the good and the bad. Now, I have the feeling that he pays more attention to the atmosphere to comment, not really to the skating.
Plus, he doesn't know any skater anymore, he has no news about them, he has no news about the federation...
Anyway, I don't have Eurosport France anymore. lol
About ice dancing, I don't know if Alban knows much about that !
OTOH he has aesthetic sense and hates the Morozov-type tasteless programs, which is great.
About him not quite knowing the rules, I think he does not quite get COP. For example he often says thing like : X is a good jumper so he'll get a high TES and Y is a good spiner so he'll get high PCS. But spins are a part of TES too!