Figure Skating (Individual)
Where: Gangneung Ice Arena
When: February 9-23
Favorites: Men – 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 person figure skating competition is expected to see multiple Russian and Japanese podium finishes. But as we have seen in the past, all it takes is one misstep to completely alter the medal table. None of those men’s contenders have sufficiently separated themselves from the pack, while a pair of feminine Russian skaters come in well ahead of the remainder of the field.
Hanyu is a ever-so-slight favorite on the men’s side as the defending Olympic and world champion, but has settled for a pair 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 seized Skate Canada and contains 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 has three victories and a runner-up finish in the European Championships on her own resume. Training partner Zagitova has won all five events in which she has competed this season, such as the Euros. Osmond is a very long shot but prevailed at Skate Canada in Regina past October.
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