Wednesday, November 14

Pairs and Grand Prix Final: Canada Sends Two Teams?

Following the withdrawal today of German team Savchenko/Szolkowy from Trophee Eric Bompard, it seems much clearer as to which six pair teams will qualify for the Grand Prix Final.

Trophee Eric Bompard

Duhamel/Radford (CAN) and Kavaguti/Smirnov (RUS) should go 1-2 in either order barring complete disaster. Either way, a top two for finish for each team guarantees them a spot in the Final. Stolbova/Klimov (RUS) and Berton/Hotarek (ITA) look to battle for bronze. Both teams already have a bronze medal from their earlier events.

NHK Trophy

In a much depleted event, Bazarova/Larionov (RUS) and Moore-Towers/Moscovitch (CAN) are the front-runners. If The Russians and Canadians go one-two in this event (as I project they will in France) both teams will also qualify here. The Canadians, with a silver, would win the tie-breaker on a likely three-way tie of teams at 22 points.

My Projection for the Final:

Volosozhar/Trankov (RUS)
Bazarova/Larionov (RUS)
Pang/Tong (CHN)
Duhamel/Radford (CAN)
Kavaguti/Smirnov (RUS)
Moore-Towers/Moscovitch (CAN)

Denney/Coughlin (USA)
and then whichever of Stolbova/Klimov (RUS) and Berton/Hotarek (ITA) finishes higher in France.

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