The pairs field in Helsinki is definitely something, with majority of them having the podium potential. However, it is also interesting to note that most of the teams are recovering from injuries, which will also play a factor in how they’ll compete. Still, they know that Olympic spots are at stake, so we’re sure to see incredible skating.
The ladies’ discipline is going to be an exciting one, as the fate of Olympic spots rests on their shoulders. We have no doubt who the winner will be, but the other two spots on the podium are up for grabs. It’s going to be a bloodbath, as all these ladies will be giving it their all heading into the competition. Prayer circle Helsinki won’t be a witness to a hot mess like Gangneung was.
To everyone’s surprise, the ladies event was one hot mess. Trust us. Almost every single skater had to at least fall, or at least make mistakes that clean skates were scarce throughout the whole event. Was this the sacrifice for the men??? Some ladies took advantage of this… circumstance, and catapulted themselves to the top of the podium. We would also like to acknowledge the presence of Queen Yuna who awarded the ladies’ medals.
Perhaps the highlight of the competition was the men’s event. It had been Four Continents’ deepest field for as long as we can remember, comprising of Olympic medalists and national champions alike. Not only that, but the event has turned into some kind of quad fest, with the last group in the free skate attempting 24 quads. Most of the entries didn’t have the best competition, but it wasn’t a disaster as some fans expected it to be.
The pairs field in Four Continents brought as much as excitement as its European counterpart; it helped that everyone is competing in the rink where the Winter Olympics will be held a year from now. Wenjing Sui / Cong Han (CHN) claimed their fourth title, with Canadians Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford and Liubov Ilyushechkina / Dylan Moscovitch preventing a predicted Chinese sweep of the podium. The US teams stepped up as well, finishing strong in the Top 10. Meanwhile, the younger teams have also showed strong potential, and we are looking forward to seeing them again in future competitions.
The men’s field in Four Continents has never been this intense! Here we have two-thirds of the Olympic podium in Sochi (Denis Ten has withdrawn, unfortunately), National medalists, and a whole lot of skaters who has shown potential throughout the season. If you’ve never thought the men’s event is this unpredictable, you thought wrong.
The ladies’ field in Four Continents gets deeper and more exciting every year. Despite defending champion Satoko Miyahara withdrawing due to injury, this year’s cast includes the other two members of last year’s podium, National champions, national medalists, and several new faces looking to make a splash. With a field this interesting, it’ll be a battle royale to come out on top.