Thursday, December 9, 2010

Top us if you can: Japanese Men and Ladies Look to Sweep at the Grand Prix Final

Japan qualified 6 competitors to the 2010 Grand Prix Final in Beijing. Not only did 6 competitors qualify, but they have a legitimate shot at sweeping both the Mens and Ladies podiums. Miki Ando won both of her events and Akiko Suzuki was a close second at each of those events. Kanako Murakami started her season with a bronze at NHK that quickly turned to gold at Skate America. They will be challenged by Americans Rachael Flatt and Alissa Czisny, as well as Italian Carolina Kostner. Daisuke Takahshi and Takahiko Kozuka each won both of their events and Nobunari Oda racked up to silver this season. Patrick Chan of Canada is the one man who has a legitimate shot of upsetting the Japanese men, though Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic or Florent Amodio of France could squeeze there way up there if any of the top four falter.

If either the Japanese Ladies or the Men pull off this grand feat, it will mark only the second sweep by one country in Grand Prix Final history. The first happened during the mens final i n1998 when Alexei Yagudin, Alexei Urmanov, and Evgeni Plushenko won gold, silver, and bronze respectively.

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