Javier Fernandez looks to collect his second gold medal in two weeks here in Paris. If he skates anywhere near as consistently as last week, his PCS should elevate him to a win here. Considering his team’s strategy to keep his programs relatively low risk in comparison to other quadcrazy programs, it’s a relatively safe bet that he will win gold and solidify a Final spot.
In his debut on the senior Grand Prix, Nathan Chen has all of the quad firepower he needs to get a silver medal with base value alone. He will not get the PCS that Javier will, but I wouldn’t call him only a jumper either. He’s coming back from an injury, but if his Challenger event is any indication, he’s not holding back, especially his quads. He could really shake up the U.S. men’s field this year, so it will be VERY interesting to see how an international senior panel will score him here. He has a second assignment at NHK against Hanyu and Brown.
Adam Rippon has been skating with an incredible consistency since last season. He may not be landing those quads yet, but the rest of his skating has been clean and reliable. He got two fourths in the Grand Prix last year, and I am predicting his second bronze medal in Paris. I’m hoping his short will go over well in France, and I can’t wait to see his exquisite free again. He’s got to continue putting that quad out there, so hopefully get can get another good attempt under his belt.
Also of note, we’ll all be asking the perpetual “How will Denis Ten skate?” question and I’m really excited to see Misha Ge’s programs again.
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