Ahhhhhhh!!! The European Championships are upon us and it’s been so busy that I’ve forgotten to check the dates. I apologize for this late post. So far, only the short dance and men’s SP have occurred so I’ll quickly make predictions before any of these competitions end. I’ll also make these predictions without looking at the results so far. Without further ado… predictions!
The only European man that has stood out this season in any way is Javier Fernandez. Fernandez proved that we shouldn’t count him out in the medal standings when he finished 2nd at the GPF and assuming that he skates solidly in Stockholm, he should have enough PCS and TES to beat the windmill zombies on ice. If you’re not sure what I mean by windmill zombies, I point to Sergei Voronov and Maxim Kovtun. At this point, their skating is so uninspiring that I have difficulty telling them apart but since Voronov beat Kovtun at the GPF, I’ll peg him for the silver medal here.
Gold: Javier Fernandez
Silver: Sergei Voronov
Bronze: Maxim Kovtun
There could be a Russian podium sweep this year at Euros with Elena Radionova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva battling it out again for the gold medal. It seems as if Tuktamysheva has been regaining her jumps and is working on the triple axel again.
If Liza manages to successfully add the 3A to her program, she could be able to take the crown away from the up and coming Radionova. If she fails, however, Radionova will likely take advantage of her weakness and claim the top spot before puberty really starts to set in. Though not quite in the same league as her teammates, Anna Pogorilaya has decent enough skating to be ahead of the rest of the competition though she’s not quite at Elena and Liza’s level. I honestly wish I could see Anna express herself a little better on ice and use those lovely long limbs that she has.
Gold: Elena Radionova
Silver: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
Bronze: Anna Pogorilaya
The pairs podium at Euros is another podium who may experience a Russian sweep. Without Duhamel & Radford here, Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov should be able to take the title handily as they have been skating solidly all season. The exciting match-up might be the fight for the silver medal where Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov will be looking to redeem themselves after a less than stellar showing at the GPF where they were in last/6th place. At the Russian Championships, they lost by a smidgeon to young and up and coming team, Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov. (Also, the team with the most epic names in figure skating terms…) I’m really hoping that Yuko and Sasha will deliver a strong performance of their LP here though they really aren’t the most consistent team.
Gold: Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov
Silver: Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov
Bronze: Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov
The ice dance competition will be an interesting match between Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron, an up and coming team who have been steadily rising up the ranks and last year’s World Champions, Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte. Cappellini & Lanotte have had a slow season where they withdrew from their second GP assignment to rework their programs. I have a feeling this slow start will hamper their scores a bit as the judges seem to really favour the new French team. In the mix is also Elena Ilinykh & Ruslan Zhiganshin who have proven that they are skating at a much higher level than Viktoria Sinitsina & Nikita Katsalapov, who are not participating at this event. The results of this competition will be very telling for the future of ice dance so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.
Gold: Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron
Silver: Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte
Bronze: Elena Ilinykh & Ruslan Zhiganshin
What are your predictions for this event? Also, I have made a mental note of the date of the Four Continents competition. That predictions post will not be late.
~The Rinkside Cafe