Here we are in our fourth Grand Prix event! Trophee Bompard this week promises a good competition with great fields- especially in 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:
PAIRS: I am very excited for this lineup! Perhaps the favorites, returning Olympic champions Voloshozhar/Trankov will be looking to start their comeback off strongly with a win here. We saw them compete at Nebelhorn earlier in the year, where they did not skate perfectly but still received a total score of 202. 79. What this says to me is that they will get Olympic Champ PCS even with mistakes. This makes them a gold medal threat based on numbers alone.
We haven't seen Peng/Zheng compete yet this season, but I did find these videos on YouTube for a preview of what we may see from them (Short Program Free Skate). Everyone talks about this team's huge age difference, but there's a quality about them that I really appreciate. I hope she's grown into the partnership over the summer and we'll see them progress this season. Their personal best is 206.63 (Worlds 2015). Russians Tarasova/Morosov look to put themselves in good stead for a Grand Prix Final spot with a first or second place finish (They finished second at Skate Canada with 191.19).
We will get our second look of the season at Seguin/Bilodeau and Castelli/Tran. Seguin and Bilodeau will look to continue momentum after a strong third place finish at Skate America (189.49). They have a really great connection on the ice, but are in a tough field here. A top four finish would be great for them. Castelli/Tran got 173.40 at Skate Canada, placing fourth. I really like this team and I just want to see them improve on their score from Canada as they set themselves up for Nationals.
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