This weekend’s competition is “Canadian-heavy” and may be tough for other competitors. But it’s not impossible to win Gold, as was the case last year. Some really good skaters entering this year. Should be a good one!
Men – Last year’s winner and current World champ Patrick Chan will be hard pressed to medal outside of his hometown of Toronto. Look for a strong field from current #1 Daisuke Takahashi and Belgum’s Kevin Van Der Perren.
1. Patrick Chan (CAN)
2. Daisuke Takahashi (JPN)
3. Kevin Van Der Perren (BEL)
Ladies – This is the second competition that will try to weed out the pretender and the wana-bees. The Americans have a strong contingent, with Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner and Rachael Flatt leading the way. Look for Cynthia Pfaneuf to steal the show.
1. Cynthia Phaneuf (CAN)
2. Mirai Nagasu (USA)
3. Ashley Wagner (USA)
Pairs – The next Chinese pairs team will come out of this competition, with 2010 Junior champs Wenjing Sui & Cong Han looking to medal in Senior competition and up-and-comers Xiaoyu Yu & Yang Jin hopeing the join them on the podium. But will a Russian team like World runners-up Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov bring back their dominance? Look for Canadians Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford and Jessica Dube & Sebastien Wolfe to shine for Canada.
1. Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov (RUS)
2. Wenjing Sui & Cong Han (CHN)
3. Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (CAN)
Dance – Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are coming back from a season ending injury to Virtue after last year’s Four Continents. Whether they can come back to top form that won them Olympic Gold will be determined. If they fall, look for fellow Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje and Russians Ekaterina Pushkash & Jonathan Guerreiro to contend for the top spot.
1. Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (CAN)
2. Ekaterina Pushkash & Jonathan Guerreiro (RUS)
3. Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN)