View Poll Results: Who should be considered the favourite for the 2018 Olympic Ladies title?

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  • Ashley Wagner

    3 2.94%
  • Kanako Murakami

    0 0%
  • Gracie Gold

    11 10.78%
  • Li Zijun

    6 5.88%
  • Kaetlyn Osmond

    6 5.88%
  • Adelina Sotnikova

    4 3.92%
  • Elizaveta Tuktamysheva

    1 0.98%
  • Julia Lipnitskaya

    9 8.82%
  • Elena Radionova

    26 25.49%
  • Courtney Hicks

    1 0.98%
  • Somebody currently competing in the JGP (i.e. Edmunds, Medvedeva, Chen, Sakhanovich, etc)

    17 16.67%
  • Other/Unknown/Somebody currently off the radar, etc

    18 17.65%
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    Who should be considered the favourite for the 2018 Olympic Ladies title?

    Most of us have a view on who is likely to win the 2014 Olympic title in the Ladies competition. But what about the 2018 Olympics?

    Its likely that Mao Asada, Kim Yu-Na, Miki Ando, Carolina Kostner, Akiko Suzuki, etc will all retire, although it is possible that one or more of them may decide to carry on. However, just for the purposes of this poll, lets just assume hypothetically that they all do retire (there has been talk of Murakami retiring, but I am assuming for the purposes of this poll that she does not. I am also not sure what Ashley Wagner's intentions are, so I shall also assume that she carries on into her mid 20's as Kostner has done during this current quad). Who does that leave as the current favourite?

    Growth spurts and body changes will, as usual, take some out of the reckoning as time goes by. Its very possible that somebody currently unknown and off the radar, as it were, will emerge. Who for example would have predicted that Baiul, Lipinski, and Hughes would go on to win the title 4 years prior to winning their Olympic gold medals? On the other hand, the current favourites for the 2014 Olympic title are mostly skaters who fought it out for the 2010 title (i.e. Kim Yu-Na, Mao Asada, Carolina Kostner, Miki Ando, etc). Hence, its hard to tell how matters will pan out over the next 4 years as there are so many variables and unknown factors. Nevertheless, based upon current knowledge, who should be considered the favourite?

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    For me it's Radionova. It's till too early to judge her true potential but I like what I'm seeing from her now. I also think Gracie Gold might become a heavy favorite by then.

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    Olympic 2018 in KOREA, oh well

    I voted for others, not much chance but anyway

    But Gold coule be the safe answer right now

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    Hmm . . . Remember Mao Asada at the 2005 Grand Prix Final . . .

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    Definitely Adelina!....and Dandelion who would not be God's dandelion any more Love them!

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    Out of the list provided, my hope is that Sotnikova, Osmond, and Tuktamysheva would be the 3 podium finishers in 2018. IF Wagner were to stick around, then I would also include her in that mix, but I have some doubt that she would desire to extend her career out another 4 years after this season. Maybe she would be one of those to take 2 seasons off and then come back in the pre-Olympic season to make another Olympic run; it's hard to say. Any 3 of those 4 skaters would make an excellent podium for me. I don't particularly care about or know very much about the skating of the other choices in the poll.

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    Polina Edmunds!!!!

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    Gracie, Elena, Julia

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    Don't put your money on Russian babies, ever (well at least if their jump technique looks like Radionova's/Lipnitskaya's)! Just wait until they grow first

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    I would say most likely either someone who is junior now, or someone we dont even know of now. Out of the current up and coming Seniors- Li, Gold, Osmond, Sot, Tuk, Lip, Radianova, I really dont see an OGM winner amongst that group. Olympic Medalist possibly, someday a World Champion possibly/probably, but not an Olympic gold medalist. I dont think Murakami or Wagner will even be around by 2018.

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    So hard to say. I think Elena and Serafima look the most complete of them now. But Gold and Chen have more solid jumps that will hold up over the years. And what of Anna Proklova, what gorgeous skating. It could totally be someone who hasn't hit our radar yet, but I think it's interesting to discuss those we already know. I agree Murakami will be long over-the-hill by the next Olympic cycle. And Zawadzki won't make a difference

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    Trying to decide who will be the favorite in 2018 is beyond insane. Who even knows what skaters will make the US team for instance? I remember reading a article not long after the 2006 Olympics were over and they had Kimmie Meissner and Emily Hughes on the 2010 team partly because there were not a lot of topnotch girls besides those 2. The two girls who eventually made the team were only 13 years old at the time and were totally unknown. I will say there is much more depth in the US now than after the Torino Olympics. With Kwan and Sasha retiring the US was heading into a downturn which we are only coming out of now.
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    Julia Lipnitskaia will win.

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    Radionova, someone we dont know, or a current junior. It will be one of those three options for sure. Could see any of Gold, Li, Osmond, Lipnitskaia on the 2018 podium, but none in gold spot unless it is a splatfest. I doubt Tuktamysheva or Sotnikova will be any factor by then.

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    Yu Na Kim should be on the poll. While I know it is only 15% likely at most she would comeback unexpectedly for 2018, if she does she would probably be atleast 50% likely to win, especialy being on home ice. Even a 5% chance in total would be higher than most of the pretenders on this poll.

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    I am surprised that Yu na kim is not on this poll, but Ashley Wagner is. I don't expect to see Ashley at the 2018 Olys, but I expect Yu na to be there, unless she is no longer in shape to compete. If she is competing and is in shape, she should be at least a co-favorite with whoever is dominating the field at that time.

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    Kim has openly stated she plans to retire after this season. That doesnt mean she couldnt make a comeback, but by her own words she has no plans to compete until or for 2018.

    I agree even a supposably retired Kim is a far better poll option than a 25 year old Wagner (by 2018) and many of the others on the poll though. People like Wagner, Murakami, Osmond, many of the Russians are on no planet ever going to be an Olympic Champion, sorry. World medalist perhaps, but OGM, no way, it would be 10 times the upset Hughes's (the biggest OGM upset winner ever) was. I would put Asada on the poll (despite that she too plans to be retired) before many of those too.

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    Kim Yuna totally crushed the field like her Olympic victory in 2013 so she can win in 2018 no problem. Look at how sotnikova and tuktamisheva did compared to Yuna in 2013 and look what they were doing in 2011 and you can see how young contenders can vanish without a trace when they get to a worlds and not be a blip or factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    Kim has openly stated she plans to retire after this season. That doesnt mean she couldnt make a comeback, but by her own words she has no plans to compete until or for 2018.

    I agree even a supposably retired Kim is a far better poll option than a 25 year old Wagner (by 2018) and many of the others on the poll though. People like Wagner, Murakami, Osmond, many of the Russians are on no planet ever going to be an Olympic Champion, sorry. World medalist perhaps, but OGM, no way, it would be 10 times the upset Hughes's (the biggest OGM upset winner ever) was. I would put Asada on the poll (despite that she too plans to be retired) before many of those too.
    1. Your absolutely correct in pointing out that Kim Yu-Na has stated that she plans to retire at the end of this season. She already has an Olympic gold medal (and could win a 2nd in Sochi) and by the time of the 2018 Olympics, she will 27 years of age. It is highly unlikely that she be competing at the 2018 Olympics.

    2. Poll options in an FSU poll are restricted to only 12. There is no point in including skaters who plan to retire and who are therefore highly unlikely to be competing, in such a poll. I purposely made this a poll consisting of those who are intending/likely to continue up to the 2018 Olympics, and prefaced it by excluding those who intend to retire. Its my view that poll sizes should be increased from 12 to 20, which would provide greater scope for including a greater number of variables. If there had been 20 options, then I probably would have included skaters such as Kim and Mao on the off chance that they change their mind and make a comeback. However, there are only 12 options and the whole premise of the poll is based upon a hypothetical assumption that those referred to in the original post do retire (i.e. the question then being who then would have the best chance of winning)

    3. It was a very borderline decision as to whether to include Ashley Wagner. I have not come across any statement by her on the subject of whether she plans to retire at the end of the season or not. If she does not make the Olympic podium in 2014, then she may very well decide to continue.

    4. With 12 poll options, the first 10 were selected on the basis that they are in my view the 10 senior skaters (although some are not eligible to compete at 2014 worlds and Olympics, they are eligible to compete in the senior grand prix) who are both (in combination) the most likely to continue and who have the best chance at the 2018 Olympics. Some undoubtedly have a better chance than others. I voted for Radionova. You, as always, have some very forthright views on the subject and state that some have no chance. Your entitled to your view. However, almost all of those included in the poll have attracted votes. Hence, others evidently disagree with you. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. The final two poll options were for those currently competing in the JGP and for others not included elsewhere (except the retirees referred to). Are the 12 poll options the perfect choice? Of course not. Put 100 people in a room and ask them to design a poll, and you will get 100 different results. You will only get a poll that everybody agrees upon in terms of poll options once in a blue moon. Whenever a poll appears in FSU, invariably somebody will post: "oh you missed out "x" and you missed out "Y". And why did you choose "Z"" And so on and so forth.

    Quote Originally Posted by caseyedwards View Post
    Kim Yuna totally crushed the field like her Olympic victory in 2013 so she can win in 2018 no problem. Look at how sotnikova and tuktamisheva did compared to Yuna in 2013 and look what they were doing in 2011 and you can see how young contenders can vanish without a trace when they get to a worlds and not be a blip or factor.
    A top 10 finish in a debut Worlds was extremely creditable for Sot and Tuk, especially given the fact that both struggled with growth issues last season. Tara Lipinski finished 15th in her first world championships and then won it the following year. Both Sot and Tuk appear to have put their growth spurts etc behind them, and I expect them to perform considerably better this season. I think both have excellent chances of winning world and Olympic medals in the years to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caseyedwards View Post
    Kim Yuna totally crushed the field like her Olympic victory in 2013 so she can win in 2018 no problem. Look at how sotnikova and tuktamisheva did compared to Yuna in 2013 and look what they were doing in 2011 and you can see how young contenders can vanish without a trace when they get to a worlds and not be a blip or factor.
    Yuna is not competing in 2018. To be honest i'm surprised that she's going to be in Sochi. It's obvious that she doesn't want to continue after this season so it will be a open field in 2018 for which i will be glad.

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