View Poll Results: Pick the 3 toughest battles to make the 2014 Olympic team

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  • Japanese men (3)

    151 90.42%
  • Japanese ladies (3)

    51 30.54%
  • Russian men (1)

    26 15.57%
  • Russian ladies (2)

    97 58.08%
  • Canadian pairs (3)

    8 4.79%
  • Canadian ladies (2?)

    4 2.40%
  • US men (2)

    53 31.74%
  • US ladies (3)

    28 16.77%
  • US pairs (2)

    6 3.59%
  • Chinese pairs (3)

    4 2.40%
  • French men (2)

    2 1.20%
  • Other

    9 5.39%
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    Toughtest competition within a country to make the 2014 Olympic team (Pick 3)

    It is almost always tough to make an Olympic team, but some countries have so much talent for the spots they have that it's going to be tougher than usual to make the Olympic team for Sochi. Japan, for example, has an embarrassment of riches in the mens field.

    Which 3 do you view as the toughest battles to make the Olympic team for 2014?

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    In order:
    1.Japan men
    2.Russian ladies
    3.US ladies

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    China has 2 pairs only for Sochi; Canada 2 ladies: http://isu.sportcentric.net/db//files/serve.php?id=4772
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliasJohnDoe View Post
    In order:
    1.Japan men
    2.Russian ladies
    3.US ladies
    This.

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    Canadian ladies is Even Osmond is a question mark, given her injuries.

    Japanese Nationals is going to be a horrible bloodbath. I almost feel that it puts the men at a disadvantage for the Olympics since it requires them to peak so much earlier.

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    Japanese men, it will be a heartache who ever misses out
    Russian ladies are no harder than US Ladies
    basically its all Lip-Sot-Tuk vying as for the US no 1-2 is reserved for Ashley and Gracie, only the 3rd spot is in contention

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    I voted other because I didn't see U.S Ice Dance on the poll. It's going to be quite the battle for the final two spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitneyskates View Post
    I voted other because I didn't see U.S Ice Dance on the poll. It's going to be quite the battle for the final two spots.
    Agreed. I did consider putting US ice dance there, but with D&W a lock, it is only a struggle to get to 2 & 3. We have 3 strong ice dance teams, and two of them will make it.

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    I think the third spot for Canadian ice dance will be more tough (and heartbreaking) than the pairs.

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    Russian Ladies
    Japanese Men
    US Men (I love Jeremy Abbott and Adam Rippon and Joshua Farris...but they are not likely to compete at 2014 Olympics, at least, not them all !)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliasJohnDoe View Post
    In order:
    1.Japan men
    2.Russian ladies
    3.US ladies
    I think so..

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    I don't see the Japanese ladies as tough for those who are going to make the team. I see Asada, Murakami, and Suzuki as locks. Ando has no chance I feel, and neither does that overhyped young junior who had almost every jump < at World Juniors last year.

    Japanese men is tough as Mura is on the rise, Kozuka is still capable, and Oda is on the way back. Maybe not tough for Takahashi and Hanyu who will be sent no matter what, but for the others very tough.

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    Russian men is not tough. Plushenko wants to he goes, and the rest are all weak and don't even really deserve to go so some undeserving skater will get it if he cant go.

    Russian ladies is super tough and probably the toughest right now.

    U.S men is fairly tough.

    U.S women is very tough for those fighting for that 3rd spot and maybe 2nd if Gold continues to struggle.

    Chinese pairs isn't tough. They only have 3 or 4 decent pairs right now, and none who are great.

    French men should be Amodio and Joubert, neither who are great these days.


    So I would say:

    1. Russian ladies
    2. Japan men
    3. U.S men and ladies

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    The Japanese ladies are way overrated in this poll. I think people are just thinking Japanese ladies > U.S ladies. Yes this is probably true, although almost 100% due to only Mao Asada. However the U.S ladies have many who could realistically take the 3rd spot, while the Japanese ladies have virtually no way someone will take a spot from the current top 3. The U.S actually has a lot more depth right now outside the first 2 than the Japanese have once you get past the top 3.

    U.S men are tough for the simple reason you have 8 or 9 skaters roughly evenly matched and 2 spots, even if the level isn't that outstanding amongst them.

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    Without question, Japanese men, Russian ladies, and US men have the toughest haul towards making their respective Olympic teams of any disciplines in the world. There are many talented skaters in those disciplines who are going to experience really tough national competition and unfortunate heartbreak in the coming months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    Without question, Japanese men, Russian ladies, and US men have the toughest haul towards making their respective Olympic teams of any disciplines in the world. There are many talented skaters in those disciplines who are going to experience really tough national competition and unfortunate heartbreak in the coming months.
    This.

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    Japanese men.

    There are 4 skaters who can easily become an Olympic medalist when the skater is on. Dai, Kozuka, Hanyu, Oda. (3 out of these are WMs in this quad. If Oda did not have a math problem at 11WC LP, he too would have been a WM. After SP at 11WC, Oda was second.)
    Last edited by t.mann; 10-17-2013 at 05:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcg View Post
    I think the third spot for Canadian ice dance will be more tough (and heartbreaking) than the pairs.
    Couldn't agree more

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    Quote Originally Posted by t.mann View Post
    Japanese men.

    There are 4 skaters who can easily become an Olympic medalist when the skater is on. Dai, Kozuka, Hanyu, Oda. (3 out of these are WMs in this quad. If Oda did not have a math problem at 11WC LP, he too would have been a WM.)
    That will be the toughest. They are all of more or less equal standard.
    Last edited by spikydurian; 10-17-2013 at 08:42 AM. Reason: spelling
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    Japanese man and ladies, Russian ladies are very tough, US men and ladies will be also pretty tough. The easiest would be Russian men-if Plushenko can go, he'll go, if he can't, they will send Kovtun anyway.

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