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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Brace yourselves, folks. According to the planned content sheets, about 60 quads are going to be attempted in this men’s event, with the top contenders doing four or five in their free skates alone. Simultaneously exciting and terrifying, #quadfest could make this event either absolutely brilliant or a complete mess.
I am anticipating at least one performance of brilliance from Hanyu to win the gold medal. Unlike years past, I feel like he’s pacing himself to peak later in the season. After losing to Javier at Worlds two years in a row, I think he’s on plan to win a World title this year. A win here will set him up for Finland.
After breaking through to a silver medal performance at the GPF, the international judging panel is likely to throw more points at Nathan Chen’s PCS. Nathan will solidify himself as a major Worlds podium contender with a silver medal here. Because he likes to make us #LOCO, Shoma Uno is adding quads to his free skate. Shoma has a more solid set of components than some in this field, so I see him skating well to earn the bronze medal.
I think Patrick Chan will finish a close fourth, followed by Boyang Jin. Jin is also adding a quad to his free skate, because you can’t be the only guy at the party without five quads, right? Though I enjoy his programs, the judges will rank his components low comparatively. For Jason Brown, a solid sixth place finish would inspire some confidence before Worlds. Three Olympic spots is tentatively realistic for the U.S. men, but the health of Jason at that event is critical. He doesn't need to blow the roof off here, just demonstrate a nice pace in his training and healing heading to Worlds
More previews to come!
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