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?