Wahhhhhh!!! Euros start tomorrow. Or wait, it’s already tomorrow in Europe. AHHHH! Ok, here are some predictions.
Plushenko beckons you to read on…
Plushenko skating at Euros again. The year before Sochi 2014. If he can pull off the quad, I think he can win the gold again. Who says that the days of waiting in line are completely over? Other interesting contenders include Javier Fernandez, who has had pretty decent success in the GP series and Florent Amodio who is a head above the rest here but probably won’t stack up very well once the Japanese men and Chan come into the mix at Worlds. Still, I’d say he has a fair shot for bronze. It will be interesting how Tomas Verner, Michal Brezina and Brian Joubert do but I wouldn’t put my hopes up for these guys.
Gold: Evgeni Plushenko
Silver: Javier Fernandez
Bronze: Florent Amodio
I’d say that Carolina Kostner is right on track to winning another European championship. She’s a head above the rest of the competition and her real challenge should be at Worlds when she faces Yuna and Mao. As for other ladies to keep an eye out for, I’d say, pay attention to the young Russian phenoms, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Adelina Sotnikova with Sochi so close in the future. Judging from this year’s results, I’d say that Liza has a slight advantage over Adelina. Especially is Adelina sticks with that Christina Aguilera/flapper/wtf program. I’m actually sad that Kiira Korpi is out due to injury but I suppose it makes these predictions a little easier to make.
Gold: Carolina Kostner
Silver: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
Bronze: Adelina Sotnikova
Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy are back! Hopefully, they took all the time they would’ve spent competing at the GPF and put that into fruitful practices. They’re going to need it because I’ve got the feeling the winds of change are coming about. Mother Russia may step up her game and finally decide to signal to the world that one of her teams, namely Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov will reign supreme on the Olympic podium. I think S&S will have to put out superb performances if they want to win though my prediction will likely come down to a coin toss between these two teams. As for bronze, if Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov skate clean, they can take it though this team has a history of crashing and burning like the apocalypse. Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov might be able to snatch the bronze away if that happens though I’m not sure if this team has it in them to do that either. There’s Stefania Berton & Andrej Hotarek who I enjoy watching but a bronze for them could also be a long shot. This is also going to be a tough decision.
Gold: Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov
Silver: Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy
Bronze: Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov
No Tessa & Scott vs. Meryl & Charlie here but things are getting interesting with Fabian Bourzat’s injury and Pechalat & Bourzat’s subsequent withdrawal from Euros. This situation looks pretty bad for these two and this is seriously the worst time to get an injury. Mother Russia will not likely get the gold in Sochi next year but at least now, they may have a plausible bid for bronze. Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Sloviev have in general, improved and should be able to take the European title. In order to do so, they’ll have to face tough competition from their countrymates with Morozov voodoo power, Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov and the young team under Igor Shpilband’s tutelage, Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte. This will be interesting to watch… The competition might end up being quite close.
Gold: Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Sloviev
Silver: Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte
Bronze: Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov