Smooth’s Podium Picks – Skate America 2018

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The first senior Grand Prix competition of the season takes place this week in Everett, Washington.  There were many changes during the off season, including anticipated retirements and coaching switches.

FSKATING-OLY-2018-PYEONGCHANG-TRAININGMen (Full Lineup – Click Here) – American Nathan Chen looks to defend his crown this weekend.  He’s had plenty to think about after blowing his chance for Olympic Gold last season.  Teammate Vincent Zhou and Israel’s Alexei Bychenko are his biggest challengers.

 

Smooth’s Picks

1. Nathan Chen (USA)
2. Alexei Bychenko (ISR)
3. Vincent Zhou (USA)

Skaters to Watch – Nam Nguyen (CAN), Michal Brezina (CZE)

satoko-miyaharaLadies (Full Lineup) – Japan’s Satoko Miyahara has a chance to make it two in a row, but will have a tough lineup to fight off the challenge. Teammate Marin Honda and American Bradie Tennell figure to be the most competitive of the lineup.

Smooth’s Picks

1. Bradie Tennell (USA)
2. Satoko Miyahara (JPN)
3. Marin Honda (JPN)

Skaters to Watch – Loena Hendrickx (BEL), Starr Andrews (USA), Alaine Chartrand (CAN), Polina Tsurskaya (RUS)

evgenia-tarasova-and-vladimir-morozov-1Pairs (Full Lineup) – Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov are the clear favorites this weekend.  Americans will have two solid teams to contend this weekend, in the Knierims and Cain and LeDuc.

 

 

Smooth’s Picks

1. Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov (RUS)
2. Alexa & Chris Knierim (USA)
3. Ashley Cain & Timothy LeDuc (USA)

Team to Watch – Alisa Efimova & Alexander Korovin (RUS)

downloadIce Dance (Full Lineup) – Americans Hubbell and Donohue look to improve on their highly successful 2018 season.  Russians Zagorski & Guerreiro and Italy’s Guignard & Fabbri have a great chance to find the podium this weekend.

Smooth’s Picks

1. Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue (USA)
2. Tiffani Zagorski & Jonathan Guerreiro (RUS)
3. Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri (ITA)

Team to Watch – Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter (USA)

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