Wednesday, April 14

Any hope of a U.S. pairs team being competitive with the top teams this quad?

Probably not. Denney/Barrett are exciting but sloppy still. It'll probably be Savchenko/Szolkowy, Kavaguti/Smirnov, Bazarova/Larionov if she can gain more power, the Zhangs (who will probably be really pushed up now as the top Chinese team, or I guess continue to be overscored on the components), and then Volosozhar/Trankov when they are able to compete. I also think Berton/Hotarek from Italy have the potential to really move up the standings. McLaughlin/Brubaker have a shot to be thrown into the mix, but only if they start coming out with solid performances each time.

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