Here we are in our fourth Grand Prix event- I can't believe it's already half over! Trophee Bompard this week promises some good competition with great fields- especially men's and pairs. I would love to share my fantasy picks, but to be quite honest- I haven't figured them out yet, so here's a look at who we'll see and who I think will make it on the podium:
Men: This field promises to be exciting to watch! Two men look to solidify a spot at the Final after winning their home event- Patrick Chan and Max Aaron (winners at Skate Canada and Skate America, respectively). Japanese men Shoma Uno (silver medallist from Skate America) and Daisuke Murakami (bronze at Skate Canada) also look to land on the podium here. Maxim Kovtun makes his season debut.
Patrick Chan didn’t skate perfectly at his first event, but the quality of his skating was truly rewarded by the judges. I anticipate him to skate better at this event than we saw at Skate Canada and there’s been talk we’ll even see some harder jumps from him. Shoma Uno from Japan will be hot on Chan’s heels and certainly has gold medal potential if Chan should underperform. Uno technically has harder jump content, but I wouldn't underestimate the power of Patrick's PCS if I were you.
Max Aaron had quite the breakthrough moment at Skate America, so this event is really important for him to continue that momentum. It could mean a lot to his career to make it to the Final this season for the first time. Max has made improvements in his components, but I still feel the judges will put him below Chan in that category- and Shoma too. Daisuke had a solid event at Skate America, and he has enough technical firepower to get to the podium, but he lacks the PCS and can be an inconsistent jumper.
Russia's Kovtun makes his debut here, after scoring a 236.28 at a Russian preseason event that was highly overscored. But even that score falls beneath the other four men's first event scores
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