2012 Four Continents – Contenders

Daisuke Takahashi

2012 Four Continents Championships starts today in Colorado Springs, USA and will be held until February 12 in the one of the biggest and most comfortable ice rinks – World Arena. This year the competitions promise to be very interesting as many top skaters of the world take part in this event.

Competitions among ice dance couples will be highlighted by the rivalry of reigning World Champions Meryl Davis / Charlie White (USA) and reigning Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (Canada). 2011 World Champions this season won the Grand Prix Final as well as all of their others events, including 2012 U.S. National Championships. Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje and the current World bronze medalists Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani (USA) will be competing for the place at the podium as well. Another set of contenders includes: Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue of the United States and Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam of Canada.

2011 World Champion Patrick Chan of Canada leads the men’s set in Colorado. Grand Prix Final and Canadian national champion comes to the ice with a season’s best of 260.30 points (ISU don’t take into account results of the national championships). In Colorado he will meet probably his main rival – 2010 World Champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, who finished second to him in the GP Final in December.

American Adam Rippon will try to develop his success, which he showed at the 2012 U.S. Nationals where he took the silver medal. Nan Song of China in spite of his young age and the lack of experience definitely will fight for the place at the pedestal. Other contender for the podium is the 2012 U.S. national bronze medalist Ross Miner. Others to watch include: Denis Ten (Kazakhstan), Tatsuki Machida (Japan), Kevin Reynolds (Canada) and Richard Dornbush (USA).

2008 and 2010 World Champion Mao Asada will headline the events among ladies as well as the 2012 U.S. Champion Ashley Wagner, who are definitely is in the state of inspiration after her victory in San Jose. The challenge should come from 2010 World Junior Champion Kanako Murakami of Japan and her team-mate Haruka Imai. Other contenders for the podium’s place are Agnes Zawadzki and Caroline Zhang of the United States.

Enough strong promises to be the pairs event. Two-time and current World Junior Champions Wenjing Sui / Cong Han will make their debut at the Four Continents Championships but these skaters can take any of high places in Colorado. The new U.S. Champions Caydee Denney /John Coughlin as well as the new champions of Canada Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford are ready to challenge the Japan’s Narumi Takashi / Mervin Tran. Other contenders: Mary Beth Marley / Rockne Brubaker and Amanda Evora / Mark Ladwig of the United States, and Paige Lawrence / Rudi Swiegers of Canada.

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