Cup of China 2012: Predictions

I’m so sorry for the delay on predictions. I’ve been so swamped this week with work and life and everything. I realize that with the time difference half the competition is done already but I’ll look at the roster without looking at the results and come up with predictions.

Mao beckons you in…

Men

Daisuke!!! I’m not sure if I should be excited for his new programs or dread the Morozov influence that’s bound to happen. Either way, Daisuke is a head above the rest of the competition and should be able to win the competition. Hopefully he’ll also be able to make the Morozov-influenced program look mesmerizing and more amazing than it is. The rest of the podium will be a little harder to decide since no one really stands out. A few medal contenders include Adam Rippon, who may still have it in him to pull off good performances. Also in the roster is Nan Song, who’s quite a beautiful skater for his young age and could surprise us. That and being on home ice would help. Tatsuki Machida may also have a chance at a medal after he’s proved that he has some skills that warrant a medal at Skate America.

Predictions

Gold: Daisuke Takahashi
Silver: Nan Song
Bronze: Adam Rippon

Ladies

Mao Asada had a pretty decent skate at the Japan Open earlier this season and I think she’s on the right track for a comeback. Her Swan Lake LP is quite nice and I think she should be able to muster a medal, hopefully gold, here. Other medal contenders would be Kiira Korpi whose elegance and style should give her an edge in terms of her PCS. If Mirai Nagasu has improved her work ethic, she may also be able to medal but this little talent does need to really work even harder if she’s ever going to top the American ladies podium now that Ashley Wagner seems to have the crown firmly in her grasp and Gracie Gold is being touted as the next up and coming star.

Predictions:

Gold: Mao Asada
Silver: Kiira Korpi
Bronze: Mirai Nagasu

Pairs

With home ice advantage, Pang & Tong should be able to win though they’ll have to fend off competition from Kavaguti & Smirnov who depending on their physical health and their programs may be able to snatch the gold away from the Chinese pair. As always, the pairs predictions are easy to round up since the competition isn’t so stiff but I think that Moore-Towers & Moscovitch should be slightly ahead of the rest of the pack, minus the two teams mentioned above.

Predictions

Gold: Qing Jian & Pang Tong
Silver: Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov
Bronze: Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch

Ice Dance

Being the world bronze medalists, Natalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat should clinch the gold quite easily here at the Cup of China while their training mates Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje should be able to capture the silver assuming they’ve corrected their mistakes from their last competition. If they haven’t then I’m sure Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Sloviev will be happy to snatch the silver away from them.

Predictions:

Gold: Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat
Silver: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
Bronze: Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Sloviev

What are your predictions for the Cup of China? And how wrong am I when you take in the rankings for the SP into consideration?

~The Rinkside Cafe

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