The Zhangs arent on the entries list for 4CC . I think is safe to say they are out for the season. And China will lose the 3rd spot in Pairs too
ETA: I've also cross-posted the direct 4CC entries link in the 4CC thread in GSD: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...6&postcount=71
Last edited by Sylvia; 02-03-2011 at 03:46 PM.
Its 13 or better.
My prediction is Czisny will win the short program, then BOMB in the long program.
All things being equal which they never are, the only two skaters who should beat Czisny are Kim and Asada, though I would expect that a clean Ando would bump Alissa due to technical content, though Alissa SHOULD destroy Miki on several of the PC components, but won't. Really no other lady is in the same class as these skaters though I'm sure Kostner will be imposed upon us per usual.
http://www.universalsports.com/news/...id=516735.html Interview with Kim sounds positive anyway
What does Kostner being imposed on us mean?
If I were being objective, to me Kostner is the sleeper. She had a pretty consistent season even with a knee injury and impaired jump arsenal.
But, obviously I hope she hits her peak at Worlds.
The last impression she left in Int'l competition was GPF....ouch!
When I look at the combinations of placements needed to equal 13 for the 2 U.S. Ladies, and based on their season and current level of fitness (physically and emotionally)
the odds of success look like about 80%. That's far easier to predict than a medal for either one.
IMO the U.S will get the 3 spots back and possibly no Ladies medals....I think a lot of U.S. fans would be really happy with that outcome....
Alissa and Rachael have a lot of momentum and should hit the ice with every bit of confidence.
Last edited by geod2; 02-12-2011 at 01:27 AM.
I for one would still be happy without a medal for US ladies, as long as they get 3 spots back for 2012.
I think Rachael is capable of putting the season behind her as she heads to Worlds and do what she does best- be consistent. If Czisny gets 4th behind all of Mao, YuNa and Miki, Rachael only needs 9th for 13 pts. Very doable
I like the men team, but I'm not really optimistic.
Richard Dornbush is nothing more than a Joubert without quad, and even more unpolished.
Ross Miner is a nice skater, but even at his best, I doubt he will be in the top 8.
Ryan Bradley can do really well, but he also can bomb. But I hope he is working hard for those Worlds now that he is National champion.
We will see.
Give Dornbush time to grow. He's almost 8 years younger than Joubert so he could end up a much better all around skater than Joubert.