Predictions: Cup of China 2017

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I have a feeling the competition is starting soon so here are my predictions really quickly. The Cup of China is always an interesting competition since there’s always that attempt to build the roster to maximize medals for the home team… except there really isn’t much to work with at the moment outside of pairs for China at times. Either way, onwards and upwards!

Men

I think there might be a fight for gold between Javier Fernandez & Vincent Zhou. It will be the battle of the veteran who has developed his style and skating skills and the youngin’ with quads. For now, I think the balance is in Fernandez’s favour – should he make mistakes and leave the door open, I can see Zhou winning this competition. Of course, there will be another youngin’ with quads, current World bronze medalist Boyang Jin. For me, I feel that Zhou has better skating skills but Jin has home ice advantage. The interesting wrench in this is that Jin beat Zhou at Finlandia earlier this season. This will be a tough call.

Predictions:

Gold: Javier Fernandez
Silver:
Boyang Jin
Bronze:
Vincent Zhou

Ladies

Somehow we have another stacked ladies competition. Other than my gold medal pick of Alina Zagitova, who had higher TES at Russian Nationals than Medvedeva, I have no confidence in my silver and bronze medal picks. There are a number of contenders including Marin Honda, who was really underscored in LP last week at Skate Canada, as well as the other Japanese girls who aren’t Miyahara, aka Wakaba Higuchi and Mai Mihara. Frankly, I find both of these girls a little forgettable, though the former more so than the latter. I find that they have yet to find their style and voice and aren’t particularly expressive as performers. Nonetheless, Honda has apparently a habit of bombing the SP (a pity seeing how her SP has the potential to be gorgeous), so I’m not sure if I want to put my money on her.

As well, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is training her 3A and a video of her doing a gorgeous 3A has surfaced on social media. Whether it is consistent in competition is up in the air. Of course, another contender to mention would be current World bronze medalist, Gabrielle Daleman. I’m sure the medal gave her a lot of confidence and I’m sure she’ll want to try and make a statement here.

Predictions:

Gold: Alina Zagitova
Silver:
Mai Mihara
Bronze:
Gabrielle Daleman

Pairs

Seriously, why is everyone skating to Moulin Rouge and Turandot this season? Anyways, with their World Champion status and home ice advantage, I think Wenjing Sui & Cong Han can easily pull a win here. More importantly, I’m looking forward to watching their new programs, though if their new LP doesn’t work out, I think they should switch it out with their LP from last year. It’s such a fantastic story for them anyways.

As for the rest of the podium, I think if Xiaoyu Yu & Hao Zhang skate well here, they could take the silver very easily. Bronze will then be a battle between Valentina Marchei & Ondrej Hotarek who have improved quite a bit since last season and Kirsten Moore-Towers & Rob Marinaro, who are slowly improving as well.

Predictions:

Gold: Wenjing Sui & Cong Han
Silver:
Xiaoyu Yu & Hao Zhang
Bronze:
Valentina Marchei & Ondrej Hotarek

Ice Dance

Ok, so anyone who knows anything about ice dance should know by now that this should be an easy victory for Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron. The field is really thin here and other than Tessa & Scott, there’s really no one at their level here.

Silver and bronze will likely be a battle between Madison Chock & Evan Bates and Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev – aka the match-up that no one will particularly enjoy. This will be a tough call. And probably a grueling discipline to watch for this week.

Predictions:

Gold: Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron
Silver:
Madison Chock & Evan Bates
Bronze:
Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev

Anyways, time for bed. The past week has been exhausting. How do you think some of these up and coming youngin’s will do this week? Do you think I was overzealous with my Zagitova for gold prediction?

~The Rinkside Cafe

 

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