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2013 Four Continents Championships - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted Feb 1, 2013, 11:23 AM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 11:32 AM ]

The 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships are set for February 7-10 at  the Municipal Central Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan. This event is open to skaters from countries outside of Europe. Defending champions (Patrick Chan & Ashley Wagner) will not participate in this championship. Below are predictions, live stream info and TV schedule for 2013 Four Continents Championships.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

United States (TV: Tape coverage only)
February 9 - Men's Free Skate - Universal Sports (5-6 PM ET)
February 10 - Pairs Free Skate - Universal Sports (2:30-3:30 PM ET)
February 10 - Ladies Free Skate - Universal Sports (5-6 PM ET)
February 10 - Dance Free Skate - Universal Sports (6-7 PM ET)

Online: Live stream Feb. 7-10 on UniversalSports.com (TV subscribers of selected providers only)

Canada (TV: Tape coverage only)
February 23 - CBC (1 PM PT)
February 24 - CBC (LOCAL - 3 PM PT)
February 25 - CBC (LOCAL - 1 AM PT)

Video coverage on CBCsports.ca (different times than TV)

Predictions

1. Men's Winner Prediction: Daisuke Takahashi. The men's competition is likely a two-man race between Takahashi and fellow Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu, as none of the remaining skaters in the field has the talent and experience to match these two. This will be a matter of art vs. power as Hanyu is clearly the better jumper, while former world champion Takahashi has the artistic edge. If Hanyu could put together two strong technical programs, he will be the champion (similar to how he won the Japanese nationals and the Bompard Trophy.) If Takahashi delivers his trademark artistic flair coupled with a clean quad or two, he will take the title. The key difference is the fact Takahashi could still win the title with a mediocre technical performance; Hanyu does not have this option.

2. Men's Top Favorites:
1. Daisuke Takahashi | 2. Yuzuru Hanyu (Enjoying a breakout season with the Japanese national title and the runner-up finish at the Grand Prix final, strong technical ability) | 3. Max Aaron (2013 U.S. champion, can land multiple quads) | 4. Takahito Mura (Another skater with a career year, all-around skater) | 5. Song Nan (Talented skater from China, a potential dark horse).

3. Women's Winner Prediction: Mao Asada.
Controlled skating appears to be Asada's big theme this season. The 2-time world champion has dailed back on her triple axles, opting for execution over difficulty. The new philosophy has resulted in one of her best seasons to date with a perfect record to this point (3 GP titles, Japanese national title). With major contenders like Ashley Wagner and Kim Yuna not taking part in this event, Asada is the overwhelming favorite to extend her perfect record. The only skater who could possibly push her is the always underrated Akiko Suzuki, who is inspired to end her career (after worlds) in a good note.

4. Women's Top Favorites:
1. Mao Asada | 2. Akiko Suzuki (Experienced skater, an excellent jumper) | 3. Kanako Murakami (Former junior world champion, all-around skater) | 4. Gracie Gold (Lots of talent but lack of experience at the senior level) | 5. Agnes Zawadzki (A steady and consistent performer who will place well if the favorites falter).


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