Predictions: World Championships 2013

Ahhhhhhh!!! It’s been a crazy week for me so far. I’ve been away from home and didn’t have time to write predictions. That and it’s been so crazy that I didn’t realize Worlds started yesterday until I woke up saw a few messages on facebook. I know the men and pairs SP have already passed and the ladies SP is starting now but I’ll make these quick predictions anyways. Without looking at the results so far. So it’s like I made predictions, right?

mao asada swan lake

Mao beckons you to read on…

Men

Patrick Chan has been beaten this season, which is unusual because last year, he could have fallen and stumbled and still won the competition with rather dubious scores. Nonetheless, I feel that the fandom for him in Canada as well as home ice advantage will give him that extra boost needed for gold. Sorry Yuzuru, you’re going to have to wait. Yuzuru Hanyu‘s been a strong competition all season as well, setting world records in the short program. The JFSA might start to set him up as the next Japanese man aiming for the Olympic podium next year, so I’ll peg him for silver. Bronze could be a complicated toss-up between Javier Fernandez and Daisuke Takahashi. Javier unexpectedly won Euros while Daisuke… I’m not sure where he is right now with his strange new SP and his inconsistency. He’s not that much of a strong competitor here, I feel. Another skater to look out for is Kevin Reynolds who unexpectedly won Four Continents and also has home ice advantage.

Predictions

Gold: Patrick Chan
Silver:
Yuzuru Hanyu
Bronze:
Javier Fernandez

Ladies

This year’s battle for the ladies crown will be epic. First, we have the fighter, Mao Asada, who’s been correcting her jumps, dealing with the death of her mother. Yuna Kim, her archnemesis who’s only been to one minor international competition. The girl still has her jumps but her programs are not really that compelling this season and by not participating in 4CC, she missed out on getting feedback in an A-list competition as well as scores that are not as inflated since Yuna was miles and miles above the rest in the NRW Trophy. Then there’s last year’s defending champion, Carolina Kostner, who didn’t participate in the GP season but still won Euros with two very interesting programs this year. This is going to be a tough call since none of these ladies have competed with each other this season. Each of them has a strength and a weakness. Yuna has two lacklustre programs, Mao is used her 3A in 4CC but it wasn’t completely rotated. Her salchow is also giving her problems. Carolina has the skill but if both Mao and Yuna bring their best jumps in the arsenal, Carolina might not be able to stand up to that. None of them have home ice advantage. Katelyn Osmond does and I see her in a top 5 finish but I would not be surprised if Skate Canada politicking gets her a medal if any one of the top ladies screw up. Pity because I do think there is quite an arsenal of skaters who should serve as a buffer between Osmond and the podium. Anyways, this will be a tough call.

Predictions

Gold: Mao Asada
Silver:
Yuna Kim
Bronze:
Carolina Kostner

Pairs

I think Aliona Robin & Robin Szolkowy will be at a disadvantage this year when competing against the Russians. Mother Russia wants her Olympic pairs medal back and Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov will get it back for her. Winning Worlds will send the world that clear, clear message in case it wasn’t evident already. As for bronze, I think Meaghan Duhamel & Eric Radford have done well enough internationally this year to have a shot at bronze. That and they have home-ice advantage. I thought a few Russian teams may serve as a buffer between them and the podium but upon further deliberation, I just don’t think that any of the other Russian teams (Bazarova & Larionov mainly) are strong enough to beat that home-ice advantage.

Predictions

Gold: Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov
Silver:
Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy
Bronze:
Meaghan Duhamel & Eric Radford

Ice Dance

The rivalry between Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir and Meryl Davis & Charlie White continues! Meryl and Charlie know that despite winning all their competitions and beating their rivals twice this season, Tessa and Scott still have very strong home-ice advantage and strong Skate Canada backing. The noise for Tessa and Scott will be loud since London, Ontario is their hometown. Meryl and Charlie have been trying to get a little soft power on their side with this article on Meryl’s Canadian connection but I’m not sure if that’ll really work. If I know anything about Canadian nationalism, I know that a huge part of Canadian identity is simply being “not American.” In any case, this competition will be intense and it will be another tough call for gold. Rounding out the podium are two possibilities: Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat, who withdrew from Euros because Fabian got injured and Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev, who won Euros and is one of two teams Mother Russia can choose from to win bronze next year in Sochi. Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov may not be in a position to challenge for bronze this season since they started out rough but they may come out as the top Russians next season.

Predictions

Gold: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
Silver:
Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Bronze:
Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev

Ok, predictions done. Going to look at results.

WTF happened in the men’s program??? And sigh, I think Patrick reclaimed his world record from Yuzuru. These are strange results. Duhamel & Radford and S&S seem to be in a virtual tie for silver. Interesting…

I’ve got a feeling I won’t like the results for this year’s Worlds.

~The Rinkside Cafe

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. unidebt
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 22:19:03

    Please tell me you saw the mens FS. Am I the only one appalled with the judging. It’s disgusting. Some odd judging, Jouberts TES 65??????

    Reply

    • rinksidecafe
      Mar 17, 2013 @ 23:02:31

      Yes, I watched the final 2 groups for the men’s FS even though I should have been doing an entire list of backlogged chores.
      I think Joubert may have violated the zayak rule hence the low TES. As for Chan… well… why am I not surprised? Ten should’ve won the LP hands down though it would have been reasonable if Chan had won despite not winning in the LP due to his lead from the SP. Which I haven’t watched yet. And I’m kind of dreading it. Good job on the part of Javi and Denis though!

      Reply

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