Now there are many people who don’t watch football, and/or won’t be watching today’s big match ups. You might be interested in say…figure skating.
I like both. In fact, I’ve been watching figure skating for many years. This year’s nationals starts this weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina and will feature competitions in Novice, Junior and Senior divisions. I’ll be making my predictions in the Senior category.
After a few off years, the US team has some pretty strong skaters for the World Championships to be held later this year. Here is my analysis and predictions for this week.
With Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek skipping this year’s Nationals, it should be a two man race between Abbott (left) and Bradley. Abbott beat Lysacek at last year’s event, and will try to do better at worlds. Mroz will look to bounce back from an unsuccessful 2010.
1. Jeremy Abbott
2. Ryan Bradley
3. Brandon Mroz
Last year didn’t go quite well in the ladies division at the Olympics in Vancouver. But there was a glimmer of hope when Rachael Flatt (left) defeated Yu-Na Kim in the free skate at last year’s worlds. Alissa Czisny’s strong showing at Skate Canada in Kingston gives the US a chance to get a third skater back for next year. Look for a very, very competitive competition from the two skaters.
1. Alissa Czisny
2. Rachael Flatt
3. Ashley Wagner
US pairs continue to struggle to reach the top five. Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett captured their first U.S. pairs title in 2010, qualifying them for their first Olympic appearance, but failed to reach the podium and finished in 9th place. They’ll have competition from Evora & Ladwig (left), will try to better their 3rd place finish from last year.
1. Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig
2. Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett
3. Caitlin Yankowskas & John Coughlin
Ice Dancing Category
With the retirement of Tanith Belbin & Benjamin Agosto, the team of Davis & White (left) may cruise to an easy victory and on to Worlds, where they may capture the country’s first Gold. But that may be tough, as there are at least three couples that have a chance to upset them, including the upstart brother/sister team, Maia & Alex Shibutani.
1. Meryl Davis & Charlie White
2. Maia & Alex Shibutani
3. Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein
Good luck to all the skaters this week!