Monday, September 20, 2010

Nebelhorn Trophy

Nebelhorn Trophy is upon us and it is the first look we'll get this season of some of the top talent in figure skating. Many skaters use this competition to as a pre-season warm-up for major competition which is just around the corner. Some of the top names kicking off their season at Nebelhorn include: Bazarova and Larionov, Cappellini and Lanotte, Michal Brezina, Kiira Korpi, Kanako Murakami, Pechalat and Bourzat, and Kevin van der Perren.

Predictions...I got myself into trouble last season. My prediction rate for the season was terrible but poor alas I feel the need to keep plugging away. So who do I think will take top honors in Germany?

GOLD - Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat (France)
SILVER - Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte (Italy)
BRONZE - Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani (USA) (An ambitious prediction but I think they have it in them!)

GOLD - Michal Brezina (Czech Republic)
SILVER - Kevin van der Perren (Belgium)
BRONZE - Armin Mahbanoozadeh (USA) (Ambitious again...go Armin!!!)

GOLD - Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov (Russia)
SILVER - Nicole Della Monica and Yannick Kocon (Italy)
BRONZE - Stefaniea Berton and Ondrej Hotarek (Italy)

GOLD - Kiira Korpi (Finland)
SILVER - Diane Szmiett (Canada)
BRONZE - Jenna McCorkell (Great Britain)

One of these days I'm going to go 12 for 12!

UPDATE: Yikes, Team Japan is down to one (Tatsuki Machida) so I've updated my ladies preditctions.


l said...

I think the Shibutanis have a good chance at bronze! Your gold medal picks will likely be right although it could be close in dance.

How do you think Zhang and Toth will do here?

Aaron said...

I think Pairs is the widest of all the fields at Nebelhorn. If they can skate well I think they have a shot at the top five. A medal here would come after a tremendous performance and I think lots of errors by the other top teams.

Anonymous said...

I believe Kanako Murakami (and the Reeds) withdrew.

Anonymous said...

Yes, they did. Here is a link to the source.
(in Japanese)

Anonymous said...

Michal Brezina can win this competition easily but I want him to win with quads!!

Aaron said...

Would love to see Brezina hit some quads. By the end of last season it was official...I am most definitely on Team Brezina!

Anonymous said...

Actually after seeing last season's Four Continents, I'm secretly hoping that this might be a breakthrough season for Tatsuki Machida. Will love to see him medal and advance into the spotlights.

Aaron said...

Oh I just looked Tatsuki up on YouTube...that was a great performance!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you agree, Aaron !!
(anonymous 7:17pm)

Anonymous said...

Ok, I WAS rooting for Tatsuki, but it never would have occurred to me that he'll actually WIN !!!
What a pleasant surprise !!

(anonymous 7:17 & 5:05)

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