Figure Skating (Individual)
Where: Gangneung Ice Arena
When: February 9-23
Favorites: Guys – Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan (+175); Nathan Chen, U.S. (+200); Shoma Uno, Japan (+200); Girls – Evgenia Medvedeva, Russia (+100); Alina Zagitova, Russia (+175); Kaetlyn Osmond, Canada (+600).
The individual figure skating contest is forecast to see multiple Russian and Japanese podium finishes. However, as we have seen previously, all it requires is one misstep to completely change the medal table. None of the men’s contenders have sufficiently separated themselves from the pack, even though a set of feminine Russian skaters come in well ahead of the remainder of the area.
Hanyu is a ever-so-slight popular on the men’s side as the defending Olympic and world champion, but has settled for a set of second-place finishes at events in Moscow and Montreal this year. Chen defeated Hanyu in Russia and has won every major event in which he has competed this season. Uno captured Skate Canada and has two firsts and three seconds in 2017-18.
On the women’s side, Medvedeva is the one to beat despite suffering a leg injury earlier in the season. She’s three victories and a runner-up end at the European Championships on her resume. Training partner Zagitova has won all five events in which she has competed this season, including the Euros. Osmond is a very long shot but prevailed at Skate Canada in Regina past October.
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