Road to Sochi 2014: Pre-Season Olympic Predictions

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…

Men

patrick chan 2013 worlds

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.

Ladies

Carolina Yuna

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.

Pairs

Volosozhar Trankov 2013

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.

Ice Dance

meryl davis charlie white 2013

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

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pauline
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 12:52:30

    Why do you think Yuna has to skate twio clean programs to win when she is better than everyone else while Carolina and Mao can easily get high scores even when they are not perfect?

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    • rinksidecafe
      Apr 26, 2013 @ 18:42:23

      I think the era of Mao getting high scores is shaky at best but Carolina has really improved her performance quality. She was breathtaking to watch in 2007 (Canon in D SP) because of her huge jumps but I found that I could barely take my eyes off her in her Bolero LP at Worlds this year despite the huge mistake at the end. She performed the heck out of that program even with the nosebleed – she was sexy, focused and calm. That being said, I think that Yuna is only beatable when she doesn’t skate perfectly but only if her opponents skate clean (or cleaner) as Miki Ando did last year.

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    • Elie
      May 21, 2013 @ 03:51:30

      My thoughts too…

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  2. Wendy
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 09:12:58

    Hi there. Love following your blog 🙂

    I agree with you in that Yuna seems to be in the best position to get the gold medal at Sochi 2014. I’m both a Yuna AND Mao fan, but it pains me to see Mao struggling, especially at Worlds where she knew she was going to be up against Yuna Kim. Personally, I feel Mao’s problem does not stem from technical or artistry difficulties, but perhaps how mentally stressed she feels when she knows she’s up against the big guns (Yuna and Carolina for e.g.). I mean she was able to win ALL the competitions this season right up till the world championships. I absolutely love Mao’s artistry, positions and line. Her costume to her FS Swan Lake was my absolute favourite too. She’s the most flexible and graceful imo. I really hope Mao’s shaky confidence won’t affect her skating at Sochi 2014. That being said, Yuna’s FS to Les Miserables blew me away too. I do hope both of them are able to skate clean programmes at the Olympics.

    With regards to the men’s programme, I believe Yuzuru Hanyu has the goods to win at the Olympics, but what he lacks is experience. His programmes are always sooo exciting to watch. My favourite is still his FS to Romeo and Juliet from last year. He’s technically strong too. Hoping he will be able to medal at least at the Olympics. I feel that Daisuke Takahashi and Patrick Chan are both really strong technically and artistically too. I love both their styles! 🙂

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  3. sry2say
    May 22, 2013 @ 17:41:05

    The only thing meryl and charlie have proven this season is that they have gotten stale. their FD was so boring.

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