Hi everyone, I was off enjoying Thanksgiving with family the last few days but I will get around to my NHK Trophy thoughts later today.
So far, three of the four disciplines have finished their events and with that are the qualifiers to the Grand Prix Final next month. Everything has gone as predicted so far!
Patrick Chan (CAN)
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)
Takahiko Kozuka (JPN)
Tatsuki Machida (JPN)
Daisuke Takahashi (JPN)
Javier Fernandez (ESP)
As I thought was possible, Japan has six men in the top ten overall standings, with Takahito Mura finishing in 9th place and Nobunari Oda in 10th. Jeremy Abbott (USA) is the first substitute.
Ashley Wagner (USA)
Mao Asada (JPN)
Kiira Korpi (FIN)
Akiko Suzuki (JPN)
Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS)
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS)
Tuktamysheva beats out first alternate Christina Gao (USA) on overall competition scores tie-breaker, in which she won by almost 9 points. Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN) would have only needed a fifth place finish in a second competition to qualify for the Final.
Weaver/Poje (CAN) are first alternates.
Finish up at NHK Trophy tonight, but if the standings hold, the top two teams will qualify to the Grand Prix Final.