Though Four Continents can sometimes be so-so in terms of competitors, this year’s event is actually packed with World medal contenders in mens and dance, two big returns in pairs and a ladies field with North American women looking to make a statement. I am genuinely really excited about this event! See my predictions below.
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Truly, this event’s big names all come from two countries- Canada and the U.S. The national fields in those countries are so highly competitive that this event is as much about how you fare against your compatriots as how you fare against the field as a whole.
Each country’s respective national champions are favorites for the top two spots. Fueled by the best short dances of the season (IMO), Virtue/Moir and the Shibutanis are my picks to finish 1-2. Chock/Bates’ scores have climbed over the course of the season, but their inconsistency and cleanliness isn’t quite where the Shibutanis are at yet. They’re still a solid pick for third, and silver certainly isn’t out of reach.
The battle for 4th-6th is going to be fun to watch. Both Hubbell/Donohue and Gilles/Poirier have been trying to move up in the standings domestically but each finished third at nationals. Weaver/Poje have been under huge changes this year to put them back on the World podum. After a fall in their free dance, I am picking Hubbell/Donohue to come back with vengeance for a somewhat surprising fourth place. Weaver/Poje will again assert themselves as Canada’s #2 team and finish fifth, followed by Gilles/Poirier in sixth.
The politics of this discipline make it really tough to move up the ranks, but as always dance scores are too close for any of the teams to make even the slightest mistake. #DRAMA
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