No I'm not talking Presidential Politics, but it's just as close.
I've had on my blog for what seems like forever a poll asking which of the reigning World Champions would do best this season and the results are in!
Jeffrey Buttle came in last with only 7 votes...but since he decided to retire from competitive skating, that seems right. Pairs Champions from Germany Savchenko and Szolkowy came in third with only 12 votes. They were incredibly dominant last season, are skating enthusiasts having doubts about this year?
But the race to the top was clear. It was very close between Ice Dancers Delobel and Schoenfelder and of course Mao Asada. Asada was the early leader pulling out in front of everyone but Delobel and Schoenfelder began a massive surge. I can tell you that my blog tracker was recording lots of hits from France and actually about three weeks ago Delobel and Schoenfelder took the lead and it's been back and forth since. With the poll closing today, somehow, Mao Asada managed to squeak back ahead of them with 33 to 32 votes.
Only time will tell how these four (well three I guess...ah Buttle) do this season. But it's clear that the readers of this blog think both Asada and Delobel and Schoenfelder will do well.
FYI...just added a new poll!
Perhaps Savchenko and Szolkowy are a bit rusty. For your viewing pleasure here is Aliona and Robin's free skate from the recent Nebelhorn Trophy. They won the event but weren't perfect by any means in the process. The video includes a little fluff on the team and their coach Ingo Steuer. My German is terrible but if you watch I think you'll get the idea.