Friday, March 16, 2012

World Championships: Men's Preview

Patrick Chan (CAN) is the absolute favourite for winning Worlds in the men's competition this year.
He has being unbeated since 2011: his technical content and quality, and his artistry is going to assure him the world title even if he makes some little mistakes.

Japan's Daisuke Takahashi seems the only one who could beat Chan. He has been the silver medalist at Grand Prix Final and Four Continents (behind Patrick Chan) and he is stil finding his consistancy on quad toe, but anything else is his repertoire is near to perfection.

A younger Japanese skater is taking the scene: Yuzuru Hanyu placed fourth at Grand Prix Final. He has a very soft and light skating enriched by a remarkable technical content including a quad toe and a very solid triple axel.

The most surprising skater of 2011 Grand Prix circuit, Javier Fernandez (ESP) was one of the favourites for an European medal but struggled in both short and long program to finish sixth. However he has been one of the most successful performer in the fall season and can battle for a podium finish at Worlds.

Artur Gachinski (RUS) did just the opposite: after earning the bronze medal at Worlds 2011 he disappointed in  the Grand Prix series, but with the presence of Plushenko at Europeans, and maybe some pressure off his shoulders, he gave one of his best performances assuring the silver medal.

Jeremy Abbott had had some rollercoaster seasons so far. This year Jeremy has two wonderful programs: the short is on sing sing sing and other jazzy pieces hat really seem to fit his skating, the free is very emotional and classy. He gave a superb performance at Nationals, but again struggled at Challenge Cup last week.

Best scores of the season: -short program
                                        -free skate

Podium Picks:
Gold: Patrick Chan
Silver: Daisuke Takahashi
Bronze: Artur Gachinski

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