Pairs: The absence of Olympic champs Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov will definitely be felt. It’s shaping up to be a battle between Duhamel/Radford and Tarasova/Mozosov, but Savchenko /Massot should never be counted out.
Men: This is wide open. Olympic champ Yuzuru Hanyu and 2016 World Champ Javier Fernandez will have to fight for this one — and Nathan Chen has a ton of quads, but not much international experience. BUT he did beat Hanyu at Four Continents last month. It could be his to lose.
Ice Dance: 2017 could be one of the most exciting years in Ice Dance in a very long time. France’s Papadakis and Cizeron, Canada’s Weaver and Poje, and the USA’s Sibutani siblings and Chock and Bates will all have to face the return of 2010 Olympic Champs (and 2014 Olympic Silver Medalists) Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
Ladies: With the withdrawal of Satoko Miyahara, the second highest ranked lady in the world, Evegnia Medvedeva has this one in the bag. If she stays on her feet, she will be on top of the podium. Her compatriot Anna Pogorilaya has a good chance at the podium, as does Italy’s Carolina Kostner. The US ladies could sneak on to the podium if they keep their heads in the game.