Skate America week is FINALLY here! So excited to stop all the speculating and have new results to analyze and talk about. It's always fun at the beginning of the season to see live, TV quality-videos and full-out performances as skaters debut their new music and costumes.
I already posted my podium picks for the entire ladies Grand Prix but I will be posting updated predictions and more in-depth explanations as each competition approaches.
BRONZE: I know Gracie Gold's face has been plastered on all of the SA2014 promotions but I feel like a win for her here is going to be much harder than USFSA is predicting. She most definitely has the technical goods to be on the top, but she struggles skating clean in big moments and I really don't think that she has the emotional depth to pull off her POTO free skate (though judges tend to overscore her). I think she'll skate well for bronze but be overshadowed by the Russians.
SILVER: Elizaveta Tutkamysheva has had a fabulous pre-season, winning three titles. I know her competition was weak, but her scores were certainly not. She has been clean and very technically competitive. I think the music she chose this year works well for her. If she's on, she will vault over Gracie for the silver medal. I look for her to possibly be behind after the short program, but throw down a great score in the long.
GOLD: This is a gutsy pick, but Elena Radionova certainly has all the goods to win her first senior Grand Prix event. After two medals last year, her new programs have her set up well for the podium- especially her new mature free skate that features two triple-triples. She has a magnetic energy that makes her a crowd favorite. I think she'll be in third after the short program, but stun everyone with a marvelous free skate to win.
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