2014 Rostelecom Cup Ladies Preview

Anna Pogorilaya is the only lady at this event that has a chance to qualify for the Grand Prix Final.  She won the gold medal at Skate Canada with clean but uninspired programs.  She still has to work on her artistry and cleaning up her transitions but she has some of the most difficult elements in her free skate.  Russian ladies have claimed all of the gold medals so far on the Grand Prix and she could be the 4th in a row.  She needs a gold or silver medal to guarantee a spot in the Final.

Pogorilaya is the class of the field in this event, but there are several ladies competing for the rest of the spots on the podium.  So Youn Park had a solid outing at Skate America, finishing 5th and coming close to her personal best mark.  While she can’t qualify for the Final, another set of clean skates here could give her her first even Grand Prix medal.  Rika Hongo took home a 5th place finish from Skate Canada and set personal bests in all segments of the competition.

Angela Wang is making her Grand Prix debut after collecting a pair of medals in the Challenger Series.  She set a personal best total score earlier this season at the Skate Canada Autumn Classic.  Alaine Chartrand finished 7th at Skate Canada earlier this season.  Mirai Nagasu is always in the mix, especially if she skates cleanly and rotates her jumps.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Anna Pogorilaya

Silver: Rika Hongo

Bronze: So Youn Park

 

Bios of the competitors:

Alaine Chartrand, CAN: She placed 7th at Four Continents and 5th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 7th at Skate Canada.  Her personal best is 165.19.  She is 18 years old.

Eliska Brezinova, CZE: She finished 18th at Worlds and 15th at Europeans.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 145.15.  She is 18 years old.

Rika Hongo, JPN: She placed 8th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 5th at Skate Canada.  Her personal best is 171.47.  She is 18 years old.

Miyabi Oba, JPN: She placed 4th at JGP Poland and won bronze at JGP Estonia last season.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 152.13.  She is 19 years old.

So Youn Park, KOR: She placed 21st at the Olympics, 9th at Worlds and 9th at Four Continents.  She finished 5th at Skate America.  Her personal best is 176.61.  She is 17 years old.

Maria Artemieva, RUS: This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 140.38.  She is 21 years old.

Anna Pogorilaya, RUS: She finished 4th at Worlds.  She won gold at Skate Canada.  She is the 2013 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 197.50.  She is 16 years old.

Maria Stavitskaia, RUS: This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 143.52.  She is 17 years old.

Joshi Helgesson, SWE: She placed 14th at Worlds and 9th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 162.91.  She is 21 years old.

Ashley Cain, USA: She finished 10th at Cup of China.  Her personal best is 162.39.  She is 19 years old.

Mirai Nagasu, USA: She finished 10th at Four Continents.  She placed 6th at Skate America.  She is the 2011 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, 2007 World Junior Silver Medalist and 2008 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 190.15.  She is 21 years old.

Angela Wang, USA: She won silver at JGP Poland and finished 5th at JGP Czech Republic last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final and finished 6th.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 163.68.  She is 18 years old.