Hey sports fans!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am a self admitted “rink rat” so a lot of this blog will be about figure skating and hockey, however as an ex-figure skater, ex-varsity athlete and a sports fan in general, I usually have thoughts and opinions about alot of different sports I follow, so visit often!
First, guess what?? This is my 100th blog post!!! This is a crazy milestone; do I seriously talk that much?? Apparently. Haha. I am very humbled that many skating/sports fans want to read my posts, so I say Thank You to each and every reader out there for supporting my blog!!
There is a really amazing stat about my blog that I want to share. It is very interesting to note where my readers come from. On my all time statistics page, the readers have come from 150 different countries!! Wow, Yuzu’s reach is truly worldwide!!! That, or people also really like Johnny Gaudreau and Alexander Ovechkin too!! Haha.
Ok, onto Worlds!!
Each year I have done a World Championship Podium prediction post, and this year will be no different.
For 2015 Worlds I predicted the following podium result. While I got all 3 names correct, sadly, the #1 and #2 positions were in reverse order.
For 2016 Worlds I predicted the following podium result. Again, while I got all 3 names correct, sadly the #1 and #2 were again reversed. A few people laughed at me for predicting Boyang for Bronze but I was right on the money for that pick!
One could also say that picking the top 3 is not that hard. Sure, it doesn’t seem that hard to do but remember, ice is slippery and anything can happen!! This year will even be a bit more challenging because there are so many variables that weren’t really as evident in previous years. This year, technical risk is being rewarded over program packaging. We have had new skaters emerge, and we haven’t seen all the top skaters at one single competition all together.
If you have read any of my previous year’s’ prediction posts, you will know that I usually do 2 lists. A”what I want to happen” list and a “what I think will happen” list.
Here is my 2017 Worlds “what I want” result:
Just as a quick reference, here are the placement ordinals that are required for 2 and 3 spots for the Olympics.
So, this year’s podium predictions are harder because now we have pure jumpers versus full package skaters and the way the scoring system is now, pure jumpers are being rewarded generously. It can go either way.
So, here is my more realistic “what I think will happen” 2017 Worlds podium prediction.
While some may think I’m overly harsh on Javi, my reasoning for placing him lower on my lists is that Javi’s programs have simply never inspired me to say “wow”. Even when Javi skates perfectly, his programs don’t excite me. This is simply a matter of preference and personal opinion. Sure, Javi and Yuzu share a training base, but I do not believe they are BFF’s. They have mutual respect for each other but at the end of the day, I believe Javi got better because of Yuzu, not the other way around. Javi is a good skater, but not someone who inspires Yuzu to be great.
I don’t think Javi drives Yuzu or gives him the “edge” that he needs/craves. Yuzu wants other skaters to skate their best and he admires skaters who push the sport as well. When Yuzu sees the young guys doing new unbelievable things, it’s like pure gold for him. It makes the sport fun for Yuzu and as we know, Yuzu loves new challenges!!
Nathan Chen’s technical abilities have had me saying “yikes” just because he is pushing the technical requirements forward so fast and furious! On the other hand, Boyang has drawn me in through his personality on the ice. Boing Boing has an awkward goofiness that is endearing and fun. Shoma is the quiet underdog that you have to keep your eye on at all times. Patrick is home team and I want him to do well.
As for Yuzu, I think he finally has a true driver to get back to the top of the World podium again, plus he’s healthier this season. Injuries aside, Yuzu is much more dangerous when he is chasing someone. When Yuzu saw Boyang break out last season, we suddenly saw Yuzu with a new fire in his eyes. This fire drove him to 6 World records in a span of a month.
I think Brian probably has to hold Yuzu down at practice, since as far as we know, he is healthy and can practice quads for hours and hours. Yuzu is back to excited again! Not that he wasn’t before, but I think we are going to see a different re-energized Yuzu at Worlds! Yuzu has been inspired to take it to the next level, and has an excuse to do it now!
Like Kurt Browning and David Pelletier said, this jumping craze will probably continue for a couple seasons, and then it will have a period where it levels out. It’s the same as anything else, a pure upward trajectory forever is simply not possible.
So, only with 3 weeks to Worlds, let the competition begin!
Go Yuzu Go!!! Doki Doki!!