The 2012/2013 season is officially over with the close of the World Team Trophy. When the new season starts in October, the world will be watching. And people might actually care about figure skating in anticipation for the Sochi Olympics. So judges, you might actually need to give Chan marks he deserves next season. In any case, I thought it would be fun to do a state of the union/pre-season predictions post and see how totally slippery the ice is and how my predictions will be.
So barring major injury or meltdown, I think the Olympic champions next year will be…
Patrick Chan may get unusually high marks but the unfortunate fact is that when he skates clean, he does deserve those high scores. Whether he makes you feel anything other than patriotism (if you’re Canadian) is another matter. With Javier still establishing himself, Yuzuru still struggling with his LP and with Daisuke struggling in general, there aren’t very many people who can come between Chan and the gold at Sochi right now. Chan’s GP scores will show whether the judges are bringing him back down to the ground during the Olympic season or if they’ll continue with Chanflation. We’ll be keeping an eye out for that.
A few factors come into play in this prediction. If Yuna Kim decides to actually participate this season (and I really think she should compete the entire season this time), her decisive victory at Worlds this year proves that she’s still easily a head above the pack. If Yuna doesn’t manage to skate two clean programs or if she doesn’t compete, Carolina Kostner seems to be next in line for the crown. Mao is not at her best these days and despite the JFSA’s insistence to put her above the rest, Akiko Suzuki has shown that she is capable of outskating Mao. Sadly, I’ll just have to cling onto the tiny impossible glimmer of hope that Akiko could win a medal of any colour. As for Mao, I’ve got a feeling she’ll have to feel the bitter bile of disappointment again.
I think without a doubt, Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov will come out on top. They have the skills (although not necessarily the best choreography) and the right nationality. Mother Russia will get her pairs gold medal back. Or there will be blood.
Meryl Davis & Charlie White are still embroiled in a bitter rivalry with Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, however this season, they’ve proven that they have the upper edge. While Tessa and Scott have been having issues with speed and power, Meryl and Charlie have soared ahead. Knowing Tessa and Scott, they will work hard in the off season to get back up to par and beat their rivals but for now, Davis & White are slightly ahead in the race for the gold in Sochi.
Who do you think will be the Olympic champions next year?
~The Rinkside Cafe