The most consistent skaters are the juniors. Julia Lipnitskaia last season, and Sotnikova in the past one never put a foot wrong in the whole season.
Once in seniors, with COP, where you cannot water down programs and expectations of the federations i consider pretty hard to be foot perfect.
Akiko is one of the most consistent skaters, if not the most, these past 2 seasons. And she usually rotates 5-6 triples every program
She is usually more consistent than most, however she is almost never perfect, and given the much lower scoring potential she has compared to many others she has to be perfect to capatilize on any of their mistakes. She also hasnt been as consistent this season, bombing atleast 2 competitions, and doing poorly in one program in all but her last. Lets just say I will be very surprised if Suzuki is on the World podium this year and even if she skates perfectly (hugely unlikely IMO) I would still expect her to miss the podium, and finish behind some skaters who make mistakes as well. Last two years were her opening, the field is tougher now, and with Mao in business she will never get Japanese number 1 backing again.
This "Japanese Backing" politics garbage really has to go though. This does not exist, skating is a sport, politics don't play that much of a part. She is scored fairly, as is Mao, as is every other skater in the world level competitions. Her PC's are fair, there are no politics pulling her down...and there are no politics bumping Mao up. She is also scored fairly.
Akiko's biggest problem is being majorly underscored in PCS, consistently.
how did Korpi even make this list?
I predict worlds to end up like this....
1. Yuna Kim
2. Mao Asada
3. Carolina Kostner
4. Akiko Suzuki
5. Elizaveta Tuktamisheva
6. Ashley Wagner
7. Kanako Murakami
8. Adelina Sotnikova
9. Kiira Korpi
10. Valentina Marchei
11. Gracie Gold
12. Zijun Li
13. Kaetlyn Osmond
(From here down they could go either way, they are unpredictable but this is my best guess!)
14. Viktoria Helgesson
15. Kexin Zhang
16. Mae Berenice Meite
17. Elene Gedevanisvili
18. Sonia Lafuente
19. Nathalie Weinzierl
20. Elena Glebova
21. Jenna McCorkell
Last edited by Skater91; 02-19-2013 at 10:19 AM.
Mao, Yuna, and then I'm not sure for bronze but I think it's between Carolina, Liza, and Akiko, maybe Ashley. My money is on Liza to sneak away with bronze though.
I'm loving the poll above - Yu Na, Mao, Carolina. Let Ashley continue the game of low expectations
Based on Best Season's Scores:
1. Mao 205.65 (4CC)
2. Carolina 203.33 (ICC + Euros)
3. Yuna 201.61 (NRWT)
4. Adelina 193.99 (Euros)
5. Ashley 193.98 (GPF + TEB)
I think it will be:
because Carolina's best score is combined from two different competitions (as is Ashley's) and while none of the skaters can be expected to be note-perfect, Carolina has a proven track record of being more inconsistent than Mao or Yuna.
Last edited by sonya71; 02-23-2013 at 05:57 AM.
I mean, yes she was really inconsistent in the past but since worlds 2010 she has never been out of the podium and last year she never finished less than second!
She turned into a different skater since Vancouver. The old carolina would have failed in Nice last year knowing it was her best chance to win the title...and would have failed in other multiple occasions like the grand prix final in Quebec or this years europeans...
We cannot say the same thing about mao who had two hard seasons and she is coming back on track only lately but still she has issues with underrotations...or yuna who has been away from competition for more than a year and the two competitions she had since worlds 2011 were on a poor fields.
I am not saying that for sure carolina will skate a clean program in London but these three have the same chances of doing great!
And if they skate clean the podium will be between them! no way that another skater can rival them if thay skate well!
My prediction is
3.4.5. are difficult to predict.