Tomorrow night (or very early Friday morning) the action begins in Tokyo!
Here is a look at the start order for the ladies; the skaters are placed in the reverse order of their ISU World ranking.
Note- I had originally thought Rika Hongo was competing here, but I’m either crazy or that was switched. Kanako Murakami will be the second women’s entry for Japan.
I see the Russians battling for gold- yet again. Though it truly won’t be a battle if Elizaveta can slay that triple axel again. It will certainly be interesting to watch!
In the battle for bronze, it will come down to the Americans and Japan's Satoko Miyahara. Hopefully the start orders bode well for Team USA. Ashley does not like skating last so perhaps starting second out of her warm up group will have her on fresh legs and calmer nerves. Gracie also struggles to perform under pressure and going before the Russians put up big numbers could certainly work in her favor.
It will be interesting to see how the judges would score clean skates from the Americans against a clean Satoko Miyahara. Ashley and Gracie both beat Satoko in the Grand Prix series but Satoko’s silver medal performance at Worlds was higher than either Gracie or Ashley’s season best scores. I feel like the judges were holding Satoko down at the beginning of the year, but will her new World medal change that?
There’s so much action and storylines to watch in each discipline that it is easy to forget there is actually a team competition going on, too haha.
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