Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cup of China pairs preview

The  pairs’ competition at Cup of China is going to be again a showdown between Russia and China, but this time former world champions Pang/Tong won’t face Volosozhar/Trankov as at Skate America.  Pang/Tong  are one of the most experienced couple in the bunch and had proved a magnificent artistry year after year.  Lately, they have been struggling with injuries and their debut at Skate America didn’t show them in a very good shape. Yet if they can overcome their frailties on the side by side jump, they can be real contenders (and for me even favourites) for the gold agaist the Russian pair Kavaguti/Smirnov. The Russians had to deal with several injuries as well (they did not compete at Europeans nor at Worlds last year) but, again, if their condition has improved, they surely will show some consistency and a great ability of reinventing themselves.

Another Russian pair can be competitive for a podium finish, the same couple that surprisingly landed on the third spot of the podium at European Championships last January. Stolbova/Klimov made their senior debut last year, after a successful junior career, didn’t shine in the grand prixs but certainly did at Europeans, agaist all expectations and maybe helped by some important withdrawals (Kavaguti/Smirnov and Savchenko/Szolkowy left the door wide open in that occasion).

Other contenders could be Canadian Moore-Towers/Moscovitch who were able to finish on the podium on a couple of grand prixs, but disappointingly didn’t qualify for Worlds last year.

 In this competition we will see another Chinese couple, made up from the split of Zhang/Zhang, the 2006 Olympic silver medalists.


Silver: Kavaguti/Smirnov

No comments:

Post a Comment