After a month break, we are back to agonizing over Fantasy Picks! This event is challenging because there are a large number of entrants per A,B,C pool and I am not very familiar with younger skaters. I'll dig deeper to my A picks, but for the B/C picks, I mostly chose the highest scores from sectionals or preseason competitions.
LADIES: My heart lies with Ashley Wagner and I will be cheering her on, but I'm going with my gut for a Gracie Gold A pick. She is more technically consistent and is a judges' favorite (read: high PCS). She has to skate clean in both segments to guarantee a win, which she's struggled with in the past. Many are questioning her injury, but from all reports, it shouldn't be an issue.
MEN: I just have a feeling that it is Jason Brown's turn to have a golden moment. I love his free skate this season and the crowd will for sure be behind him. Without a quad, he will have to be squeaky clean in order to land on top of the podium. Mistakes are not an option! Jeremy Abbott certainly could have yet another National moment if Brown falters, and what a story that would be after losing his father and his Sochi fall.
PAIRS: Denney/Fraiser are the favorites going into this event but Scimeca/Knierim can bring a lot to the table to challenge here. I love this team and their chemistry. Their triple twist has been fabulous and I cannot wait to see them attempt a quad in Greensboro.
DANCE: For me, this was the easiest pick to call. Chock and Bates have had a fabulous season so far and are just on another level than the rest of the competition Madison is incredible to watch on the ice and this team should skate towards an easy win on the way to hopefully winning a medal at Worlds this year.
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