View Poll Results: Which men have best chances for silver and bronze at the 2013 Worlds and 2014 Olympic

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  • Takahashi

    76 63.87%
  • Hanyu

    60 50.42%
  • Kozuka

    7 5.88%
  • Brezina

    7 5.88%
  • Fernandez

    16 13.45%
  • Gaschinski

    12 10.08%
  • Plushenko

    43 36.13%
  • Lysacek

    21 17.65%
  • other American besides Abbott or Evan (eg- Dornbush, Weir, etc..)

    13 10.92%
  • Joubert

    11 9.24%
  • Abbott

    6 5.04%
  • Amodio

    7 5.88%
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    Which men have best chances at silver and bronze at the 2013 Worlds and 2014 Olympics

    The mens event is stocking up alot of potential contenders behind Chan. The main ones seem to be the Japanese, but there are other up and comers like Ferandez, Brezina, Gachinski, Amodio, and a Plushenko skating about twice as well as his lackluster Vancouver performances (albeit still nearly winning in the abysmal Vancouver event) at last years Europeans. While I dont think Joubert, Weir, or Lysacek have much of a chance, I am sure there are some ubers who are hopeful on them too. So at this early juncture which 2 skaters at this point do you think have the best chances to win the silver and bronze medals at the 2013 Worlds and 2014 Olympics in the mens event. You can vote for more than 2 if you like as it is multiple choice.

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    I hope Brezina can get any placement better than 4th, and that if every single guy messes up in Sochi, he goes in and grabs that gold.

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    I voted for Takahashi and Hanyu and I think it is possible that there could be Kozuka comeback maybe, he was very impressive winning that worlds silver in 2011. 2012 Euros Plushenko was impressive but really at his age every year something is more likely to go wrong. There was no deterioration between 2010 and 2012 and only improvement but the age thing is still there.

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    Plushenko will let Chan win Sochi when hell freezes over.

    Unfortunately he's at the mercy of a) his increasingly fragile body and b) the judges.

    I would dearly love to see Plushenko and Gachinski go 1-2 like they did at Euros - I'm not particularly bothered which order they're in.

    I think it says a lot about how ridiculous the whole situation is where we're starting to be resigned to the fact that Chan will be able to fall on his backside four times at Sochi and still win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskarne View Post
    I think it says a lot about how ridiculous the whole situation is where we're starting to be resigned to the fact that Chan will be able to fall on his backside four times at Sochi and still win.
    I'm not. I still think Michal will go in and take the gold.

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    .... Oh, we're so sure that Chan will win gold? Excuse me, barfing forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkFeathers View Post
    .... Oh, we're so sure that Chan will win gold? Excuse me, barfing forever
    I loathe the idea too, but really, with the way the judges have been going, is it honestly going to go any other way? We've already seen them hand him competitions where he's fallen four times.

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    I voted Takahashi, Hanyu, and Plushenko. Everyone else is just too inconsistent or lacks the technical expertise/difficulty or stamina to challenge. Wish Abbott could get his competitive nerve together; if only he could, he would take every gold medal in sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    Wish Abbott could get his competitive nerve together; if only he could, he would take every gold medal in sight.
    unfortunately, we've all been saying that since 2010

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    I think the podium will be Chan, Hanyu, and Takahashi in some order. Most likely spoilers would be Fernandez, if he can become more consistent, and Kozuka, if he can regain his 2011 form. Lysacek, Abbott, Amodio, Brezina and Joubert are also potential spoilers but they'd all need to really up their games in terms of consistency/PCS/COP friendly programs/older age working against them (all lack at least one of those things) to have a realistic shot.

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    I voted for Takahashi and Plushenko. I'm not sure how Hanyu's going to hold up at his first Olympics (not that he's going to skate BADLY, but he could suffer from nerves/inexperience as Chan did in 2010). I honestly can't see Plushenko off the podium, since I think he's skating BETTER than he did in Vancouver.

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    Lysacek or Abbott !!!

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    Kozuka Kozuka!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    I voted for Takahashi and Plushenko. I'm not sure how Hanyu's going to hold up at his first Olympics (not that he's going to skate BADLY, but he could suffer from nerves/inexperience as Chan did in 2010). I honestly can't see Plushenko off the podium, since I think he's skating BETTER than he did in Vancouver.
    It is good for him that he is since his performances from Vancouver would probably only take 8th place at the Sochi Games. The caliber of skating in Sochi is likely to be higher than the Vancouver crapfest by an ENORmous margin, especialy as the last couple Worlds already were.

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    And again I won't vote in this particular poll, because I'm (still!) a believer ... call me naive, call me dump ... Daisuke for Gold in Sochi 2014!!!

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    Seeing this poll's option makes me realize yet again how jam-packed men's field is! It's a blessing for skating fans

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    I'm with Zokko. Daisuke 2014!

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    Depending on the day it could really be any of them....except for Amodio and the other Americans!

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    Obviously my bets are for Takahashi and Hanyu. But you never know, could be any of them ( exception of Americans ), i just hope it isnt Plushenko

    And yeah i think Patrick will win

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    I voted Takahashi, Hanyu, and Plushenko. Everyone else is just too inconsistent or lacks the technical expertise/difficulty or stamina to challenge. Wish Abbott could get his competitive nerve together; if only he could, he would take every gold medal in sight.
    I think the problem with Abbott is that even when he is on, he simply doesn't have the GOEs to come out on top, even if his skating is so superior to anyone else's his PCS should be through the roof.

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