So Many Choices, So Little Time: Fantasy Skating Picks

15 Jan

I finally chose my fantasy figure skating championship picks! I usually don’t debate too much over my choices. Usually it’s an easy decision. Not so this time. The sheer number of great US skaters who could possibly make the Olympic team are mind boggling! Lots of fresh talent and the door is wide open to anyone. It’s going to be a really exciting Nationals.

For those of you who have not experienced Fantasy Figure Skating, you can do so on http://www.USFSA.org. Click on “About Us” and on the pull down menu chose fantasy skating. You can register your user id for your team and pick a password. Then voila! You’re in baby.

So, I’m going to share my top A & B category picks with one disclaimer. My weakness lies in the pairs category and my skating fanaticism is mainly focused on the ladies and dance. If you can handle that then read on my friend.

My Fabulous Fantasy Skating Picks:

Ladies A: Rachael Flatt (extremely consistent and she could unleash that triple triple in her short) Now, if I could have picked this according to my favorites, I would have picked Ashley Wagner or Alissa Czisny. Ashley has gone so far so fast that if she could just hold it together for the free she could beat Rachael! If Alissa could hold her jumps together she would be difficult to beat as well, her artistry is unparalleled and her spins are so well centered! Sasha is the wild card. There is no doubt that she is artistically unmatched (well maybe Alissa can match her) but like Allissa she can stumble on her jumps. I have no idea what her program looks like. Depending on the difficulty of her jumps and if she skates perfectly she could make a good run for the Olympic team. It will be interesting to see how she practices.

Ladies B: Bebe Liang (She usually stays in the top 5 and comparatively, she has a lot more experience, tough choice here, she can be inconsistent)

Men’s A: Evan Lysacek (the man is unstoppable! He’s got a great arsenal of jumps and his artistry and consistency are awesome this season. I think Evgeni is going to have his hands full if they both make it!

Men’s B: Parker Pennington (great potential)

Pairs A: Denney & Barrett (love this teams flow and passion and they seem to be consistent despite how new they are)

Pairs B: Castile & Okolski

Ice Dancing A: Belbin & Agosto (no brainer there although they now have a few other skaters nipping at their blades)

Ice Dancing B: Chock & Zuerlein

I think this is going to be the best competition we’ve had in years! Don’t forget to watch nationals live on NBC:

Sat. Jan. 16 4:30-6
Nationals (Pairs Long)

Sun. Jan. 17 4:30-6
Nationals (Mens Long)

Sat. Jan. 23 3-6
Nationals (Free Dance)

Sat. Jan. 23 9-11
Nationals (Ladies Long)

So now that I have shared my picks, what’s yours?

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