Here we are with Round 2 of the Grand Prix- Skate Canada! Some of my favorites are competing this week so I am very excited for this event.
The headliners here are of course Yuzuru Hanyu and Patrick Chan, whose “Olympic rematch” has been much talked about and highly anticipated. Personally, I think we’ll see a more quality battle between them at the end of the season, but I’m excited anyways- both are such musical skaters who are a beauty to watch. I am picking Hanyu to win gold, as he looked strong at the Autumn Classic and that short program is really stellar since he kept it from last season. You can’t forget about my pick for silver- Nam Ngyuen- whose consistency with those quads cannot be underestimated. I think Patrick will have a great short, but make mistakes in the long to fall to third. Adam Rippon should aim for a consistent competition- he just needs to start his season well with a technically strong competition- and finish in fourth. Murakami should easily be top five, but he could go higher if he goes really clean.
Home favorites Duhamel/Radford should have an easy coast to victory here, looking at the rest of the field. It will be interesting to see which quads they will attempt and which they will land. I’d like to see some more artistry from her in particular and I’m going to give their Hometown Glory free skate another chance. Russians Tarasova/Morozov are my picks for silver, based on scoring potential- they picked up some momentum at Worlds last season, and we’ll see if they can carry that through. I love Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran’s new partnership and I’m hoping they can get a bronze medal here. They need to get those SBS jumps under control to do that, though. Marchaei/Hotarek will be hot on their heels for fourth place and could easily steal that bronze if Castelli/Tran falter.
Up next- ladies and dance!
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