Javier Fernandez comes to Rostelecom as the heavy favorite this week. After winning at Cup of China, the World Champ looks to punch a ticket to the Grand Prix final with a win here. Though he was a bit messy at his first event, Javi is really in a scoring league of his own here; he scored a 270.56 at Cup of China.
Hoping to grab a medal this week will be Canada’s Nam Ngyuen and the U.S.'s Adam Rippon. Both skated at Skate Canada as their first event, where Rippon came out on top with a fourth place score of 239.69, just ahead of Ngyuen’s 238.82 fifth placement. Nam Ngyuen doesn’t get the PCS of Rippon, but you can always count on him to land those quads, which rack up points. Rippon had a great start at Skate Canada and could create quite a stir if he finally rotates that 4Lz. Neither of these men will likely make the Final, but are looking to build a solid foundation for the tough competition they will face at their respective national championships.
Three Russian men will look to make an impact on home ice- Sergei Vornov, Mikhail Kolyada and Adian Pitkeev. We’ve seen Vornov (222.17 at Cup of China) and Pitkeev (230.75 at Skate America) skate already this season and Kolyada scored a huge 239.77 at the Ice Challenge. Coupled with some home PCS, any of these men could make a splash and land on the podium.
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