Friday, March 19, 2010

Worlds Preview - Dance

So the World Figure Skating Championships kick off next week in Torino, Italy.

Like many of the events, Dance has been watered down quite a bit from Vancouver. Domnina and Shabalin, Belbin and Agosto, and Delobel and Schoenfelder have all taken a pass.

But the two top teams have not taken a pass, so we'll again be treated to a showdown between Virtue and Moir and Davis and White. It'll be interesting to see how this shakes down. At the Olympics it seemed Virtue and Moir put a smidge of distance between themselves and the Americans but in Torino they wont have the same home crowd support and energy so that small gap might evaporate.

The team that will have the crowd behind them are Italians Faiella and Scali, who finished a solid 5th in Torino and in the absence of other teams look to be in a position to medal for the first time.

But Faiella and Scali will have challengers too. When you start to look at who is looking to move up, you have to consider the French team of Pechalat and Bourzat, the British duo of Kerr and Kerr (who, thanks to a nice alignment of OD requirements, have actually gone back to their very well received Scottish Folk Dance from 2008), the Israeli team of Zaretski and Zaretski, and the Russians Khoklova and Novitski.

Medal Predictions: (GOLD) Virtue and Moir, (SILVER) Davis and White, (BRONZE) Faiella and Scali

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