Our final preview and the final discipline to wrap things up on Saturday is the ice dance. Since scores and placements for the discipline tend to stay fairly consistent and major errors are far less common than the other disciplines, ice dance should be the easiest to predict. However, many teams haven't competed internationally for a while due to the pandemic and Olympic qualifying is a scary business, so there's still some chance for surprises.
With the fewest spots available of any discipline, the pairs event at Nebelhorn could be quite the nail-biter, with a medal-winning performance required in order to snatch one of the last Olympic spots.
The women's event at Nebelhorn is likely the most competitive field of the weekend, with lots of heavy hitters and plenty to watch even outside of Olympic qualification.
Let's take a look at the men's field for this weekend's Olympic qualifying at Nebelhorn Trophy.
A final chance to punch a ticket to the Olympics is right around the corner. Let's demystify the qualifying structure and what we can expect from this weekend's competition.
Although the World Championships were just three weeks ago, there are still some notable storylines to keep an eye on at World Team Trophy this week. First are the safety concerns of hosting the event as coronavirus cases in Osaka continue to rise, which we've already gone over, so for this final preview, let's focus on the sporting elements of the weekend.
Surprise! There’s still one more event left in the 2020/2021 season. World Team Trophy coming after the climax of the World Championships always catches skating fans off guard, but has done even more so this year when almost every other competition has been cancelled. So, what is this event, why is it happening, and how do its safely protocols measure up?
In an extremely questionable move from the International Skating Union, this week’s World Championships will still be used to decide Olympic qualifying spots for the 2022 Winter Games, despite the pandemic impacting athlete training and comfort travelling to the event. Ethical concerns aside for a moment, let’s take a look at how spots are awarded and how qualifications might shake out across the four disciplines.
Russian Cup Final this week will be the last domestic competition of the season (please, it has to be, I can’t take any more). And as far as we know, some results from this competition will determine entries for Worlds, but the Russian Federation has not been very forthcoming about which spots are already set. So, what's on the line this weekend?
The three Worlds teams for the ice dance event are all but assured, but in a rare turn for the discipline, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top. Madi vs. Madi The fight for gold will once again be between the team of Maddison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and the team of Madison… Continue reading US Nationals preview – Dance