Thoughts on Men's skating:
Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) and Patrick Chan (Canada) are in the same sort of battle for gold as Davis/White and Virtue/Moir. They've had the same sort of "shattering each other's world records" battle going on all season.
The only real difference is, occasionally Yuzuru Hanyu or Patrick Chan (or both) will fall and hand the medal to someone else. So unlike in ice dance, while gold and silver is likely for them, it is not guaranteed.
Yuzuru Hanyu has a really amazing short program where he skates to some sort of electric guitar blues music.
Patrick Chan's long program is one of the many many renditions of Vivaldi's Four Seasons this year. And unlike the creativity of Bobrova and Soloviev that I mentioned in a previous post, this is just one more of a long line of figure skaters interpreting Four Seasons with their skating.
Not that he doesn't interpret Vivaldi well. He does. But, BORING!
Jason Brown of the US doesn't do any quads. But he does perfect triples, and his superior artistic quality makes up for all the points he loses in not doing quads.
Today in the team event, he will be skating his quad-free Riverdance program against that Russian guy who lost to a quad-free American in the 2010 Olympics.
It remains to be seen who will score higher. But the Russian guy might just get a reminder of what it feels like to lose to an American who does no quads.
Javier Fernández from Spain is awesome. Period. Bronze maybe?
I just love his whimsical short program this year. I wish he'd kept his whimsical Charlie Chaplin long program from last year to go along with it.
Denis Ten (Kazakhstan) is going to be a bit of an unknown factor.
He got the silver medal in last year's worlds, but has been out with an injury most of this season. He might be fully recovered now, or not.
If Yuzuru Hanyu and Patrick Chan skate world record performances again, I can't see Denis Ten besting them. But he could nab bronze, if he is back to the level of performance he was skating at last year's worlds.
If Yuzuru Hanyu or Patrick Chan (or both) slip and fall, they'll leave the door open for any number of people to step through.