I've done my Grand Prix Final predictions/scenarios for the other three disciplines, so I might as well do one for ice dance.
Here are the standings after five events:
1. Davis/White USA 30 points
2. Crone/Poirier CAN 28 points (303.50 total score)
3. Bobrova/Soloviev RUS 28 points (299.72 total score)
4. Weaver/Poje CAN 22 points (2nd and 4th, 283.91 total score)
5. Hoffmann/Zavozin HUN 22 points (2nd and 4th, 272.91 total score)
6. Shibutani/Shibutani USA 22 points (3rd and 3rd)
And, holding true to what seems like all of the other events this season, Trophee Eric Bompard features a completely watered-down field that gives several teams the opportunity to (surprisingly) qualify for the Grand Prix Final.
Here are the teams competing with their current Grand Prix point total:
Pechalat/Bourzat FRA 15 points
Chock/Zuerlein USA 11 points
Riazanova/Tkachenko RUS 7 points
Carron/Jones FRA 7 points
Pechalat/Bourzat are in as long as they don't withdraw from the competition. It's pretty much as simple as that. Seriously. They can finish fifth and still qualify. But as far as the other three teams go, this might actually be the most exciting race for the final spot in all of the disciplines.
If Chock/Zeurlein win the silver medal here, they will qualify themselves to the Grand Prix Final, no matter what any of the other teams do (unless, in some crazy world, Pechalat/Bourzat do not win). A bronze medal means they are out.
If Riazanova/Tkachenko or Carron/Jones win the silver medal, then they would only have 20 points total and not enough to make the Grand Prix Final. The silver will only mean that Chock/Zuerlein do NOT make the Grand Prix Final, and Hoffmann/Zavozin will.
Will Pernelle and Lloyd have the advantage with skating at home? Or will the Americans best them again, as they did at Skate Canada? Or will the Russians sneak in for silver?
I have to admit that with the lame short dances I've been pretty bored by ice dancing this year. At least this adds some intensity to the competition!