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Hey, you never know: Bold predictions for 2017-18

Icenetwork contributors forecast season with long-shot prognostications
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Icenetwork contributor Nick McCarvel believes Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot will win pairs gold at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. -Getty Images

Icenetwork asked several of its contributors to look into their crystal balls and make some long-shot predictions for the 2017-18 season.


Sarah S. Brannen: "Karen Chen will deliver in PyeongChang and return to the U.S. with a medal."

Lynn Rutherford: "Mirai Nagasu becomes the first U.S. lady since Tonya Harding in 1991 to land a triple axel in international competition."

Jean-Christophe Berlot: "Anna Pogorilaya wins Olympic gold, shocking the world in the process."

Philip Hersh: "Led by the dominance of Evgenia Medvedeva, Russia will sweep the ladies podium in PyeongChang."

Vladislav Luchianov: "Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond will medal at the Olympics."

Nick McCarvel: "Ashley Wagner will win that long-awaited Olympic medal, and first for the U.S. women since Sasha Cohen's silver in 2006."

Wei Xiong: "Evgenia Medvedeva will lose two competitions this season."


Sarah S. Brannen: "An American man will reach the world podium."

Philip Hersh: "U.S. Figure Skating will have a tough time selecting the final two Olympic team members after Jason Brown, Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou all make their case to join Nathan Chen in PyeongChang."

Vladislav Luchianov: "Canada's Patrick Chan will win the gold at the Olympics."

Lynn Rutherford: "Nathan Chen and Boyang Jin will both land on the PyeongChang podium."

Jean-Christophe Berlot: "Georgia's Moris Kvitelashvili will medal at Europeans."

Nick McCarvel: "Nathan Chen is not only going to win an Olympic medal, but the color of that medal will be gold."

Wei Xiong: "All three Olympic medalists will land two quads in the short and at least four quads in the free."


Lynn Rutherford: "The top five pairs teams at the world championships all execute quad elements."

Sarah S. Brannen: "Several different teams will land quadruple elements over the course of the season."

Philip Hersh: "After three years of struggles, Russians Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov get back on track and score a huge upset to win Olympic gold."

Vladislav Luchianov: "Valentina Marchei and Ondřej Hotárek of Italy will medal at Europeans."

Nick McCarvel: "Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot will overtake teams from China and Russia and she will get that long-awaited Olympic gold medal."

Wei Xiong: "The top six pairs at the Olympics will hail from six different countries."

Jean-Christophe Berlot: "France's Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès will earn a place on the podium at the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships."

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Sarah S. Brannen: "Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue will finish no worse than second at the U.S. championships."

Philip Hersh: "Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev add a second global medal to their resume."

Lynn Rutherford: "The short dance event will decide the 2018 Olympic champion."

Vladislav Luchianov: "British couple Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland make a successful comeback and reassert themselves as one of the top teams in the world."

Jean-Christophe Berlot: "Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue will medal in PyeongChang."

Nick McCarvel: "One of the top three teams at last year's U.S. championships will not make the Olympic team."

Wei Xiong: "The winners at this season's Grand Prix Final will not enjoy the same success at the Olympics."