2016 World Figure Skating Championships: Predictions

Hi everyone!

This is it. I am in Boston. I am ready. What lies before me now is a full week of skating. It’s not just a weekend, it’s not watching events live in my bed at 2am, it’s not having a Nationals viewing party. I am actually here! Woot Woot!

I hope to provide updates throughout the week but it might be difficult. I can guarantee though that there’ll be a number of wrap-up and recap posts to follow. Because believe me, I will have a lot to say!

Today I’m going to make some predictions. I like to participate in little prediction contests throughout the season but I never post them here. I think this makes them more real. I actually feel responsible and reliable for what I put down this time. So wish me luck! I’m going to try to go with my head on these, and not let my heart sway me too much.

2016 World Figure Skating Championships

Men

1. Yuzuru Hanyu
2. Javier Fernandez
3. Patrick Chan
4. Boyang Jin
5. Shoma Uno
6. Han Yan

It’s Hanyu’s to loose. Javi and Patrick could catch Yuzu if he falters but right now I think it’s Yuzu competing against himself. It’s been a few months since we last saw him, so here’s hoping he’s in top shape!

The American men could spoil and steal that 6th place, as could Maxim Kovtun and Denis Ten, but I’m quite confident those will be the Top 5.

 

Ladies

1. Evgenia Medvedeva
2. Satoko Miyahara
3. Elena Radionova
4. Ashley Wagner
5. Mao Asada
6. Gracie Gold

I would love this to be the podium and I think there’s a good chance for it. Gracie has it in her to make the podium but I can’t imagine she’ll suddenly decide to deliver this week. I’m rooting for Ashley to finally make the podium, but I just don’t know if she can top the youngsters. But then there is the fact that this event is in Boston, if they can get an American on the podium they will. Perhaps Mirai instead will be the one to spoil?

If Evgenia wins she’ll be the first to win Jr and the Sr Worlds in consecutive years, correct?? That fact alone makes me want to cheer for her.

 

Dance

1. Mais & Alex Shibutani
2. Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron
3. Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
4. Madison Chock & Evan Bates
5. Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte
6. Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov

This is the event where I am struggling the most with the podium. I think these three teams will be the medalists, but I’m not sure the order. I really want Weaver & Poje to be World Champions. I feel that if it doesn’t happen this year it’s not going to, especially with Virtue & Moir coming back. The French were the class of the field at Euros. And the Shibs have been on a meteoric ride this season. After their win at 4CC I think they’ll do it in Boston. Their FD was designed for them to have that golden moment on American soil. It pains me to do it, but I yet again don’t think Kaitlyn and Andrew will win that world title.

 

Pairs

1. Wenjing Sui & Cong Han
2. Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov
3. Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov
4. Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
5. Aliona Savchenko & Bruno Massot
6. Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim

So many of these teams have yet to compete against each other this season. It makes this event very exciting and very difficult to predict.

It kills me a little the Meagan & Eric are quite possibly not making the podium this season but it just hasn’t been their year! I think Sui & Han are going to take it. They were close last year! I know the judges still love Tatiana & Max but it might be time to pass the torch. I might have had Stolbova & Klimov higher but they’ve been injured. If they’re still injured the Canadians might be able to top them.

 

Now let’s see how I do!

If you see me in Boston please say hi! Also, please send me a message if you’d like to meet up. I’d love to talk skating (Yuzu 😊) with other fans. You can find me on twitter: here!

Till next time,
– Justine Alyssa

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