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I know there are some Figure Skating fans (Mary Cherry among others) in here, so I just wanted to know your Olympic predictions. After all, figure skating is the most watched sports (in North America) during the Winter Olympics. Try and chose how you think the podium will end up, not who you hope wins a medal, but based on how they are skating right now. Here are my pics:

Ladies:
Gold - Michelle Kwan (USA)
Silver - Irina Slutskaya (Russia)
Bronze - Sarah Hughes (USA)

Men:
Gold - Alexei Yagudin (Russia)
Silver - Yevgeni Plushenko (Russia)
Bronze - Todd Eldridge (USA)

Pairs:
Gold - Jamie Salé and David Pelletier (Canada)
Silver - Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze (Russia)
Bronze - Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao (China)

Ice Dance: (This is a toss-up)
Gold: Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat (France)
Silver: Barbara Fusor Poli and Maurizio Margaglio (Italy)
Bronze: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victo Kraatz (Canada)
 

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Ladies:
Gold - Michelle Kwan ( USA )
Silver - Irina Slutskaya ( Russia )
Bronze - Maria Butyrskaya ( Russia )

Men:
Gold - Alexei Yagudin ( Russia )
Silver - Yevgeni Plushenko ( Russia )
Bronze - Alexander abt ( Russia )

Pairs:
Gold - Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze ( Russia )
Silver - Jamie Salé and David Pelletier ( Canada )
Bronze - Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao ( China )

Ice Dance:
Gold: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victo Kraatz ( Canada )
Silver: Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat ( France ) ;)
Bronze: Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio ( Italy ).
 

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Je suis surpris Mary Cherry que tu vois les Canadiens remporter l'or et Français l'argent en danse. J'aimerais tellement voir Shae-Lynn et Victor gagner (leurs programmes sont impécables), mais j'ai l'impression qu'avec l'absence du juges canadiens et américains sur le panel, que les Canadiens termineront 3e. Les juges (en majorité européens) préfèrent le style des Français et des Italiens. On ne doit pas oublier les Russes Lobacheva et Averbhuk. Ils peuvent venir mêler les cartes!

J'ai tellement hâte à cette compétition!
 

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roots, you seem pure genius! I think I agree with your complete list and would be absolutely thrilled with just about all of it if it were to happen as well!:bounce:
 

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Ladies:
Gold - Michelle Kwan (USA)
Silver - Irina Slutskaya (Russia)
Bronze - Sarah Hughes (USA)

Men:
Gold - Alexei Yagudin (Russia)
Silver - Yevgeni Plushenko (Russia)
Bronze - Tim Goebel (USA)

Pairs:
Gold - Jamie Salé and David Pelletier (Canada)
Silver - Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze (Russia)
Bronze - Kioko Ina and Jason Dunjeon (USA)
 

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All I have to say is I'd just drop dead if Michelle Kwan doesn't win Gold! :(

My prediction, this looks about fine for me:

Gold - Michelle Kwan (USA)
Silver - Irina Slutskaya (Russia)
Bronze - Sarah Hughes (USA)
 

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LOL, have you heard this:

Bratty behavior backfires for Cohen

Yikes! Man-to-man defense. Body slams. Was that a figure-skating warm-up or a hockey game?

Nope, it was definitely the warm-ups before the long program at the U.S. National Championships on Jan. 12. But Sasha Cohen was certainly getting in her share of offensive moves.

She bumped into six-time national champ Michelle Kwan not once, but twice. She got in the way of other skaters Angela Nikodinov and Sarah Hughes. And she stuck to Kwan like glue so the skater never had the room she needed to warm up her triple toe-triple toe combination.

Some say that Cohen's strategy was to pysche out her opponents. Make them lose their cool. After all, if Kwan and others weren't on top of their game, it could leave room for the talented Cohen to snatch the title and assure her place on the Olympic team.

But is making a menace of one's self and alienating other skaters really the way a girl wants to win? What makes the supremely confident Cohen think she needs to resort to such tacky tactics?

We can't answer that question, but we can say Cohen's selfish ways in warm-up didn't work. Kwan said she had to mentally re-group after warm-ups. In fact, she bagged the triple-triple combination she had planned in her program and landed a triple-double instead. But she still blew away her competition--including Cohen, who placed a distant second. (Kwan, Cohen and Hughes each won spots on the Olympic team.)

Cohen told reporters she was just concentrating on her moves during warm-up. Yet, after the competition, skaters reportedly were buzzing about her performance. Unfortunately, it wasn't her beautiful, passionate skating in the short program that lingered in fellow skater's memories. It was the mind games.

Now who's the loser?
 

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Ouais Roots, très " sincèrement " et sans " défétisme " prématuré, je les voient terminer premier devant le couple français. Bien évidement, j' adorai voir Marina Annisina et Gwendal Peizerat triompher, mais je suis prète à " parier " que les canadiens gagneront. La compétition se déroulera sur le sol américain, et leur programme, quel programme! , est pûrement et simplement " splendide ".

Je dois bien" avouer " que je n' ai jamais été une très grande " fan " de Shae Lynn Bourne et de Victor Kraatz, je trouvait leurs précédents programmes plein de sourire " mieuleux " et de " gna - gnan terie ", lol ( Désolée ! lol ;) ), mais j' adore vraiment ce programme, ce " medley " de chansons de Michaël Jackson, est superbement bien " patiné " et très " original ", il fait " évoluer " la danse.
De surcroît, comme, je pense que c' est le programme " P ", patiné le jour " J " qui doit être " noté ", et non, l' ensemble de la " carrière ", alors, je metterai les canadiens " premiers", parce que leur programme est " merveilleux " . Après, je serai " déçue " si le couple français " perd ", mais ça fait partie du " jeu " :) . Je considère les italiens Barbara Fusar - Poli et Maurizio Margaglio sont " moins " forts que les deux autres, ils seront " troisième. ( Bon après, c' est également une " affaire " de sensibilité " artistique également ).

Le classement qui serait le plus " juste " sur " e " programme serai :

1- Bourne and Kraatz,
2- Annisina and Peizerat,
3- Drobiasko and Vanagas, j' adore " totallement " leur programme libre,

Voilà ;) .
 

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Michelle gotta win this! ;) I saw some clips of her on CNN yesterday, and she's looking good! :D Go Michelle, go girl!!! :bounce:
 

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Ladies

1. Michelle Kwan (USA)
2. Irina Slutskaya (RUS)
3. Fumie Suguri (JPN) - has the ability if she can land all her jumps..

Men

1. Alexei Yagudin (RUS)
2. Yevgeni Plushenko (RUS)
3. Timonthy Geobel (USA) - International judges won't be impressed w. No Quad Todd like Nat Judges are...

Pairs

1. Jamie Sale/David Pelletier (CAN)
2. Xue Shen/Hongbao Zhao (CHN)
3. Kyoko Ina/John Zimmerman (USA) (I see B/S having a bomd out long..)

Dance

1. Anasina/Peizerat
2. Bourne/Kraatz
3. Drobiazko/Vanagas

if judging is fair I think that will happen if not fair:

1. Fusar-Poli/Margalio
2. Anasina/Peizerat
3. Lovacheva/Averbuhk
 

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Thanks for the article Justin!! Know wonder the other skaters aren't too fond of her! In interviews and all Michelle and Sarah distant themselves from sasha!LOL! If she is sticking to this kind of tactic.....I can not cheer her on anymore!!!:rolleyes:

Gold:Michelle Kwan(PLEEEEEEASE)
Silver:Maria Butyrskaya
Bronze:Irina Slutskaya

Gold:Alexei Yagudin
Silver:Todd Eldredge
Bronze:Yevgeni Plushenko

Good luck to Anton and Elena!!!!
 

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Go Anton/Elena :) bring the title home again :)

Hopefully Sarah Abitbol/ ?? (wotzhisname) can win a medal here as well, they deserve it

hopefully Elena has recovered from her ankle injury

Alexei will win the mens

I just hope Viktoria Voltchkova can win a medal here.

Michelle is gonna be impossible to beat but if there were judges from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine & co then she might ;)

Go Irina/Maria and Viktoria :)
 

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RUS and UKR will be there, for sure (unless lotteried out). BLS will be there if Soldatova has recovered from her injury. It seems as though she will.

GER and DEN appear to be on the verge of opting out, as well as JPN (who is seeking to opt out of their alternate status). :( If all 3 of them really do opt out, Michelle's goose is cooked. That is such crap!
 

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Here's a complete breakdown of the judging pannel of the up-coming Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. This is taken from the International Skating Union's official site. Like I said before, no American or Canadian judge in Ice Dance, bad news for Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz.

Men Ladies Pairs Ice Dance
Australia 1 - - -

Azerbaijan 1 - - 1
Belarus - 1 - -
Bulgaria 1 - - 1
Canada - 1 1 -
China 1 - 1 -
Czech Rep. - - 1 -
Denmark - 1 - -
France - - 1 -
Finland 1 1 - -
Germany 1 1 1 1
Israel - - - 1
Italy - 1 - 1
Japan 1 - 1 -
Lithuania - - - 1
Poland - - 1 1
Romania 1 - - -
Russia - 1 1 1
Slovak Rep. - 1 - -
Switzerland - - - 1
Ukraine 1 1 1 1
USA 1 1 1 -

TOTAL 10 10 10 10

Stand-by Judges (in order):

Ladies: Netherlands, Japan, Hungary
Men: Canada, France, Russia
Pairs: Azerbaijan
Ice Dancing: Great Britain, USA, China, Czech Republic, Canada, France.
 

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simple enough :)
 

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Ughhhhh!! It makes me sick to my stomach to think that Russ. and company would do everything in their power to put Irina over Michelle:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:



btw, lol at sasha :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: yikes!




Go Michelle:kiss: :kiss:
 

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am i the only one here to think
that slutskaya is gonna win this ;)
sorry guys,but imo even if not by the
judge she has ability to beat kwan :cool:
 

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That is the current list of judges. As I said, Denmark, Germany, and Japan have expressed desires to opt out of sitting on the panel. Their requests will not be granted, if at all, until the eve of the Games, so the list will not reflect that.
 
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