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    What/Who are you most looking forward to over the next four years

    Yeah, haven't even entered the off season and I'm already biting the bullet on this one. With all of the talk on skaters retiring, what skaters/discipline are you most looking forward to see developing over the next quad?

    So far, the big ones for me are S&K in pairs and Jason Brown. S&K have this sort of quirky style and it would be interesting to see how they further develop as they (presumably) move up the ranks as Russia #1 after V&T retire. Jason, well, enough said.

    In ice dance, as much as the (presumed) retirement of V&M, D&W and P&B will leave a void-in both meaning of the words I think there's some excitement now with no clear dominant team, at least as of now. Although I think I&K have the best potential to dominate, I don't see any team dominating the sport to the extent that V&M and D&W have since Vancouver.
    But I'm looking forward to seeing I&K continue to develop, as well as C&L, W&P as well as teams further down in the rankings such as C&B, Z&G, H&D. I became a ShibSib fan over the Olympics, so I'm hoping that they can pull up become the U.S. #1.

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    Seeing how the Russian youngsters will develop and mature, and how all the new comers will develop and who will take over as the dominant skaters.

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    S/K for sure, but there are some good junior pairs coming out of Russia who will skate seniors I'm also watching. I also hope to see Mozer work some magic with Bazarova/Larionov. Gracie Gold and Polina Edmund's development, Karen Chen (if she stays healthy), Nathen Chen (same health issues) and too many young Russian ladies to even count. I just wish they weren't all in Russia because it becomes self-limiting, but the best will rise to the top.
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    Hurtado and Diaz of course. Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabby Daleman. Also looking forward to seeing WeaPo on the international podium.

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    I'm excited to see what Ilynikh and Katsalapov do as they move forward. I am also very excited to watch Kaetlyn Osmond grow as I find she has that certain star factor that only a few skaters at any given point in time have. Finally, I am excited to see what Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold do moving forward, as they can make for quite a rivalry, and both are fantastic leading American ladies.

    Otherwise, I'm interested to see who does and does not retire moving forward

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    I&K and Denis Ten! I hope he has an injury-free next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbd1235 View Post
    I'm excited to see what Ilynikh and Katsalapov do as they move forward. I am also very excited to watch Kaetlyn Osmond grow as I find she has that certain star factor that only a few skaters at any given point in time have. Finally, I am excited to see what Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold do moving forward, as they can make for quite a rivalry, and both are fantastic leading American ladies.

    Otherwise, I'm interested to see who does and does not retire moving forward
    Oh yes, I forgot about Osmond. I really enjoyed her SP during the team event.

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    Why do people just keep assuming V&T will retire when they havent even given any indication they are likely to. It is funny how people assume Chan and Davis & White will continue when they have given far less indication of being likely to continue than V&T. Seems more wishful thinking than anything. S&K will be better off with V&T staying anyway. They get to train with them everyday and it pushes them to be better to try to get to their level and beat them someday.

    I most look forward to seeing if Weaver & Poje can challenge and become the main rivals of I&K in the coming years, and the generally more open dance event with Chock & Bates and Capellini & Lanotte as contenders too. I guess Bobrova & Soloviev in the short team but I see them going down from here.

    I look forward to seeing if Hanyu can establish himself as the new dominant skater, and if Fernandez or Denis Ten can challenge him at all in the coming years.

    I look forward to see how Radionova does now senior eligible for Worlds, and how Julia holds up through puberty.

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    Ladies: Radionova, Lipnitskaia, Osmond

    Men: Denis Ten, Yuzuru Hanyu, will Jason B get quads, Kevin Reynolds (thought his team lp was fabulous!)

    Pairs: MT/M (said they will upgrade elements), will V/T upgrade too?, Sui/Han

    Dance: Ilinykh/ Katsalapov (please leave Morozov but not for Zoueva), Paul/Islam, Hubbell/ Donohue, anything that Zhiganshina/ Gazsi come up with!

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    Men: Hanyu (he can develop after an OGM), Han Yan, Denis Ten, Jason Brown, Josh Farris, Pitkeev

    Ladies: Julia (regardless of what happens in the ladies competition in Sochi), Adelina, Radionova, Proklova, and all the junior Russian ladies that finish in top 10 at their nationals , since I cannot pick just one or two. Gubanova will still be too young to compete in 2018.

    Pairs: S&K, Tarasova-Morozov, B&L, and a few other Russian pairs whose names escape me

    Ice dance: I&K, B&S (if they are still around), Hubbell-Donohue, Shibutanis, Zlobina & Sitnikov, Hurtado & Diaz, Stepanova-Bukin, Sinitsina & Zhiganshin

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    The team of Jason Brown, Josh Farris, and Max Aaron will be very interesting to watch in the next four years, especially if Jason and Josh start landing consistent quads and if Max continues his consistent quads while trying to up his PCS.

    I also agree about a Gracie and Ashley rivalry! They aren't friends at all (Gracie's eye roll at the Olympic team announcement proves this) but they certainly respect each other and each have different qualities that make them so strong. I hope Ashley does stick around after the Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bronwynsings View Post
    Gracie's eye roll at the Olympic team announcement proves this
    Whoa, what happened there? I totally missed that. Is there a video somewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zigzig View Post
    Whoa, what happened there? I totally missed that. Is there a video somewhere?
    There are a few GIFs out there, I can actually provide a link on a day where I'm not stuck on an old iPod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasperBoy View Post
    Hurtado and Diaz of course. Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabby Daleman. Also looking forward to seeing WeaPo on the international podium.
    Me too and I and K. I always thought they were miles better then B and S. They have work to do and i hope to hell they get away from Morozov. Although their programs this year were great. But if it is indeed true that he has hooked up with Elena(sorry I am terrible with the Russian names) then sorry but that is just inappropriate. Also Piper and Paul and Paul and Islam from Canada.

    I am looking forward to watching the Russian Ladies grow especially Julia. And Yan from China in the men's. Plus that Philipino kid was great.

    Pairs, I am looking forward to what Dylan and partner can bring. And I really liked the American team of Castelli and Schnapir. I am not enamored of the Russian team that got the bronze. They left me cold but they are great skaters and have incredible lines etc. and good programs but I found them pretty robotic.

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    ALL THE SKATERS!!

    But especially Kaetlyn Osmond, Jason Brown, Weaver and Poje.

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    Not having to listen to endless nasty arguments about V/M and D/W.

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    In dance, I'm actually most interested in what Hubbell & Donohue will do the next 4 years. I kept missing them during the Olympics, wishing they could have been there. They enrich any competition they're in. I'm on the fence about I/K. Although I enjoyed their programs in Sochi, I really want to see technical improvement and greater difficulty. The wonderful thing about V/M's and D/W's dominance is it was always solidly founded on clearly superior technical ability, for both teams. I/K's success right now is more about timing, location, crowd-pleasing musical choices, and looks. It doesn't feel solid.

    In mens, I am most looking forward to Jason Brown. Just hoping he can continue to get better & better. We know that any skater is going to have peaks and valleys in their career, and I just hope Jason's valleys aren't too deep and his peaks (already so high) just keep getting better. And that he gets the quad and becomes more consistent on triple Axel. Aside from Jason, I also can't wait to watch Denis Ten's development. And actually Hanyu as well. Now that Hanyu has the OGM in hand, I hope he can work more on developing his artistic side.

    In pairs, I am most excited about the U.S. pairs. I'm admittedly a homegirl for our pairs and am just hoping to see continued improvement and development. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing more of Castelli & Shnapir, Scimeca & Knierim, and Leng & LeDuc. Outside of U.S. pairs, my biggest excitement is for Peng/Zhang. I just can't wait to see more of them, I'm already looking forward to their skates at Worlds. Also hoping to see more of the other young Chinese team, Wang/Wang, who looked so promising at Cup of China. And I'm excited to see what Stolbova/Klimov do. They are fantastic.

    I'll hold off on saying anything about ladies until after tomorrow . . .

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    I'm with most of you upthread. I'm especially excited to see how Peng of China will develop. So much potential there.

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