Wait, there's more figure skating? YES! Now that the Team Event is complete, the focus moves to the individual events. Pairs start tomorrow with the short program, and just as it was at last year's World Championships, it will be a fight just to get into the top 16 to qualify for the free skate. But when you dissect the whole competition, it may very well come down to two pairs in that race for the gold medal. One pair is making their Olympic debut, and half of the other is in her fifth Olympics. Who wins?
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GOLD Aljona Savchenko/Bruno Massot GER - Savchenko enters her fifth Olympic Games with Olympic-newbie Massot. Savchenko enters as the two-time and reigning Olympic pairs bronze medalist (both won with Robin Szolkowy) and this is perhaps the best chance she's ever had to win the gold. She's brought the best out of Massot, and together, they are a stronger pair than Savchenko/Szolkowy were - remarkable considering they were five-time World champions. The difference this week may lie in the components, especially in the free skate. But it will certainly be a close one.
SILVER Wenjing Sui/Cong Han CHN - The reigning World champions were on a roll after Sui's surgeries in 2016, winning their four events in a row before having their streak snapped by Savchenko/Massot at the Grand Prix Final. The quad twist in the free skate will help their case for gold - Savchenko/Massot only do a triple twist - but how will they handle their side-by-side triple salchows, traditionally the element that gives them the most trouble? They've proven that they can win, and they will need two flawless skates to grab that Olympic gold.
BRONZE Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford CAN - Olympic gold medals in hand, Duhamel/Radford are chasing their individual medals this week. A year ago, you wondered if they even had the motivation to make a run for the podium. And now, after a season of soul-searching and rejuvenation, they come in with more confidence than they have had since they won their two World titles. The short program will be crucial - they can't find themselves too far behind - and so watch for the cleanness of their side-by-side lutzes there.
4. Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov RUS - The big question here is whether or not Tarasova/Morozov can stay error free in their side-by-sides. That's been their biggest X factor all season, and will be their biggest obstacle to getting an individual Olympic medal here. A clean short program will go a long way - they don't want to be playing from behind this week with the caliber of teams here.
5. Valentina Marchei/Ondrej Hotarek ITA - It's been an upward swing for Marchei/Hotarek, first with a fifth-place finish at the European Championships last month, and then with a career-best free skate in the Team Event to make the fight for the bronze medal really interesting. They are a crowd-pleasing pair, and if they can keep it close in the short and repeat the magic in the free skate, a top five finish is within reach.
6. Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres FRA - At one point, James/Cipres were looking like they could be real strong dark horses for the podium here. But their short program in the Team Event left folks wondering about their confidence coming into the Olympics. A switch back to their Sound of Silence free skate might do the trick, but they need to skate cleanly in the short to give themselves a look at a top five finish.
7. Natalia Zabiiako/Alexander Enbert RUS - The Russian and European bronze medalists have an opportunity to really make a statement here and put themselves in the conversation with the very top pairs. They are very classic Russian - beautiful lines, solid elements. What keeps them from the very top is that their elements aren't particularly spectacular, but what will keep them competitive is their consistency.
8. Xiaoyu Yu/Hao Zhang CHN - Fourth at Worlds last season, Yu/Zhang have not quite figured it out at the Olympics so far, with a subpar skate in the Team Event. If their side-by-side triple toes aren't firing, then you know their other side-by-sides aren't either. They are a dynamic pair with big elements, and two clean skates can get them back up near the top.
9. Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Chris Knierim USA - After the high of the Team Event, the Knierims, like Duhamel/Radford are back to compete again after putting down two programs already at these Olympics. At their best, they have some of the most quality elements, and have the opportunity to challenge for the top eight here.
10. Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro CAN - It's their first Olympics together, and Moore-Towers' second after finishing fifth four years ago with Dylan Moscovitch. The investments they've made to improve over the past couple of seasons have paid off, and they have had the strongest international results of any Canadian pair outside Duhamel/Radford.
11. Kristina Astakhova/Alexei Rogonov RUS - The fun fact with Astakhova/Rogonov is that they have gone to Europeans, Worlds, and now the Olympics as a result of withdrawals from Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov. They are a bit of a hot-or-cold pair, so if they aren't careful, they could take themselves completely out of the free skate.
12. Cheng Peng/Yang Jin CHN - The third and most under-the-radar Chinese pair here, Peng/Jin haven't had the international exposure that their teammates have had this season. But they are a solid pair, with the potential to grab a top ten finish. Like all Chinese pairs, however, they have to figure out how to land their side-by-sides.
13. Julianne Seguin/Charlie Bilodeau CAN - The Canadian silver medalists have been as high as eighth at the World Championships, and they know they can make a run for the top ten this week. But their consistency hasn't been where they've wanted it this season. But if they can turn in the kinds of skates that they had at Canadians, they will be top ten.
14. Tae Ok Ryom/Ju Sik Kim PRK - Lots of cameras will be on Ryom/Kim this week, as the North Korean storyline plays out on Olympic ice. They have been beaming skating on Olympic ice this week, and there will no doubt be plenty of support for them here.
15. Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise ITA - The two-time Italian champs had a great fall but have looked less confident since - first at Europeans and then in the Team Event short program.
16. Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya/Harley Windsor AUS - The best pair - ever? - for the Australians come in after Four Continents that was a bit disappointing. They haven't quite capitalized on the breakthrough that they had last season when they won Junior Worlds.