Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 US Figure Skating Championships: Junior Men's Preview

Podium Predictions:
1) Nathan Chen
2) Harrison Choate
3) Timothy Dolensky
4) Timothy Koleto

If you've not seen Nathan Chen skate yet, you have no idea what you're missing. I had the pleasure of watching him live-what a treat! He has that undeniable spark, that star quality, that it takes to captivate a nation. I see big things for him in the future if he keeps going. He's reigning Novice Champion and if he hits the triple axel here as he's been practicing it, I don't think anybody can beat him. Harrison Choate is a great skater, much more mature looking clearly, and he scored higher in his sectional, but I think the judges and audiences will be so enamored with Chen that he'll have the edge. Look for the two Timothys to round out the podium.

Nathan Chen-1st at 2011 Pacific Sectionals (177.64)
Harrison Choate-1st at 2011 Eastern Sectionals (183.26)
Timothy Dolensky-2nd at 2011 Eastern Sectionals (175.82)
Ryan Hartley-4th at 2011 Midwestern Sectionals (154.99)
Lukas Kaugars-3rd at 2011 Midwestern Sectionals (161.51)
Timothy Koleto-1st at 2011 Midwestern Sectionals (168.90)
Andrew Nagode-4th at 2011 Eastern Sectionals (134.54)
Emmanuel Savary-3rd at 2011 Eastern Sectionals (155.94)
Troy Tomasello-2nd at 2011 Midwestern Sectionals (162.75)
David Wang-3rd at 2011 Pacific Sectionals (141.85)
Philip Warren-2nd at 2011 Pacific Sectionals (172.96)
Jay Yostanto-4th at 2011 Pacific Sectionals (141.63)

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