Sunday, November 14

Pairs Grand Prix Final Qualifiers (Barring Disaster)

Yes, there are two events left. No, things aren't official yet. But unless there is a complete meltdown by a top team, these should be the six teams in the Grand Prix Final:

Pang/Tong (CHN) -- winners at NHK and Cup of China
Moore-Towers/Moscovitch (CAN)-- silver at Skate Canada and Skate America
Iliushechkina/Maisuradze (RUS)-- gold at Skate Canada, 4th at Cup of China
Sui/Han (CHN)-- silver at Cup of China, bronze at Skate America
Savchenko/Szolkowy (GER)-- gold at Skate America, favorites for Bompard
Bazarova/Larionov (RUS)-- already have a silver at NHK, look good for the silver at Bompard

The only possible spoiler is if Lawrence/Swiegers (CAN) or Takahashi/Tran (JPN) can win silver at Cup of Russia next week and make up a big deficit on the total competition points vs. Sui/Han. Kavaguti/Smirnov (RUS) look good for the gold, but this is their only event and they won't make the Final.

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