Weâ€™re excited, yes I said excited, about these Olympics. We have so many questions that need answering. Will Jeremy Abbott get over his nerves? Will the fifth ring from the opening ceremony ever open? Will they please let Jason Brown take another official picture?
But before we get to all that, we must, out of good conscience, talk about the European Championships and the Four Continents.
Javier FernÃ¡ndez wins. Michal BÅ™ezina, TomÃ¡Å¡ Verner, and Brian Joubert should be getting their AARP cards. Florent Amodio ruins our stellar prediction record. Julia Lipnitskaia wins. Carolina Kostner switch hits. Volosozhar & Trankov win, as do Cappellini & Lanotte. Mirai Nagasu and Richard Dornbush go into exile. Kanako Murakami, Takahito Mura, and Sui & Han win. Kayne & Oâ€™Shea and Scimeca & Knierim take the silver and bronze. Hubbell & Donohue cycle it up. Aldridge & Eaton make their Ice Queens debut.
Now the Olympicsâ€¦
Figure skating teams up on us. Jeremy Abbott digs. Evgeni Plushenko gets a haircut.
Volosozhar & Trankov are a Frankenpair. Savchenko & Szolkowy probably wonâ€™t get the gold this time around, either. Pang & Tong hit the century mark. Duhamel & Radford and Moore-Towers & Moscovitch look good. Stolbova & Klimov will get some experience.
Liz: Volosozhar & Trankov
Tori: Volosozhar & Trankov, Savchenko & Szolkowy, Duhamel & Radford
Jeremy Abbott likes the ice. Patrick Chan may not run in front anymore. Yuzuru Hanyu jumps it up. Evgeni Plushenko may get overscored. Javier Fernandez does three quads. Daisuke Takahashi gets a pass. Jason Brown should have fun. Denis Ten fights through his illness.
Liz: Yuzuru Hanyu
Tori: Yuzuru Hanyu, Patrick Chan, Javier Fernandez
Davis & White should win. Then Virtue & Moir. Bobrova & Soloviev donâ€™t impress Johnny Weir as much as we thought they would. PÃ©chalat & Bourzat deserve to beat them, as do Chock & Bates. And Cappellini & Lanotte. And Weaver & Poje.
Liz: Davis & White
Tori: Davis & White, Virtue & Moir, Bobrova & Soloviev
Kim Yu-na may win, but she wonâ€™t like doing it. Mao Asada will be in there. Julia Lipnitskaia may Lipinski in. Carolina Kostner threatens for her birthday. Akiko Suzuki might sneak in. Gracie Gold is our best chance to medal. Ashley Wagner listens to us.
Liz: Julia Lipnitskaia
Tori: Kim Yu-na, Julia Lipnitskaia, Mao Asada.
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