Alina Zagitova (RUS)
Coming In: Alina is the overwhelming favorite to win here. The only person capable of catching her, Evgenia Medvedeva, is out which means the path to gold is virtually unobstructed for Alina. If Alina wins here, she will have won every single major championship there is to win in one year and in her first senior season.
Bottom Line: Keeping making history. Win it all!
Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN)
Coming In: Kaetlyn delivered perhaps the two strongest performances of her career to secure individual bronze in Pyeongchang. With Evgenia out, she is the most logical choice for silver here; however, by no means is Kaetlyn a lock. She needs to dig deep and pull out two great performances if she wants to defend her silver medal.
Bottom Line: One jump at a time, take your time
Satoko Miyahara (JPN)
Bottom Line: Another world medal is ready and waiting
Carolina Kostner (ITA)
Bottom Line: Enjoy the hometown crowd and just be the Carolina everyone knows and loves
Wakaba Higuchi (JPN)
Coming In: Wakaba comes in as one of the more rested skaters in the field as she did not compete in Pyeongchang. When she's on, she's definitely a medal contender. Performances like she had on the Grand Prix can crack the top 5 and put major pressure on the others to perform.
Bottom Line: Don't hold back or second guess, go for it
Maria Sotskova (RUS)
Coming In: Maria had an up-and-down Olympics. She's capable of placing higher but tends to struggle at the bigger events. With Russia's revolving door of skaters, Maria needs to prove she can handle the pressure and bounce back with a better placement here. If she doesn't, she may not get another opportunity to compete at this event.
Bottom Line: You're capable of more. Prove it.
Gabrielle Daleman (CAN)
Bottom Line: Redemption, redemption, redemption, redemption...
Dabin Choi (KOR)
Bottom Line: All eyes are on you for Korea. Give them something to see!
Bradie Tennell (USA)
Coming In: Bradie didn't have the stellar Olympic debut many expected her to have but to say it was her first major international event, she did well in Pyeongchang. Hopefully the experience has prepared her for this event. As the US champion the pressure-filled task of retaining 3 spots falls to Bradie by default. She's expected to lead the Americans here so she'll need to be at her best.
Bottom Line: Time to show the world what you can really do
Mirai Nagasu (USA)
Bottom Line: Stay focused and relaxed and just let it come to you
We will also see Stanislava Konstantinova (RUS), Mariah Bell (USA), Laurine Lecavelier (FRA), Elizabet Turzynbaeva (KAZ), Hanul Kim (KOR), Nicole Rajicova (SVK) and more. The SP for the women will take place on March 21st around 6:00am. I definitely won't be up that early but I do plan to peek in around 8:00am when I get to work. As always I'll be tweeting live at @NakedIceBlog. Til then!