2017 World Figure Skating Championships - Predictions

Who will win the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships? Our staff provides previews and winner's predictions. NBC is the U.S. broadcaster. The 2017 World Figure Skating Championships are scheduled for March 29 through April 2 in Helsinki, Finland. 

­čĆůMen's Preview

The Favorites

Yuzuru Hanyu
"The Artist"
Olympic and world champion
2016 GP Final winner
2017 Four Continents runner-up
Season Best: SP 106.53 | FS 206.67 | Total 303.71

Javier Fernández
"The Champ"
Two-time defending world champion
2017 European champion
4th at 2016 GP Final 
Season Best: SP 104.25 | FS 201.43 | Total 294.84

The Contenders

Nathan Chen
"The Robot"
2017 Four Continents winner
2016 GP Final runner-up
2017 U.S. champion
Season Best: SP 103.12 | FS 204.34 | Total 307.46

Patrick Chan
"The Veteran"
Three-time world champion
4th at 2017 Four Continents
5th at 2016 GP Final 
Season Best: SP 99.76 | FS 196.31 | Total 279.72

Dark Horses

Shoma Uno
"The Kid"
2017 Asian Winter Games gold medalist
Third at 2017 Four Continents
Third at 2016 GP Final
Season Best: SP 104.31 | FS 199.37 | Total 303.68

Jin Boyang
"The Wild Card"
2016 world bronze medalist
2017 Asian Winter Games runner-up
5th at 2017 Four Continents
Season Best: SP 96.17 | FS 187.22 | Total 280.08

­čî╝Ladies' Preview

The Favorite

Evgenia Medvedeva
2016 world champion
2017 European champion
2016 GP Final winner
Season Best: SP 79.21 | FS 150.79 | Total 229.71

The Contenders

Anna Pogorilaya
2016 world bronze medalist
Second at 2017 European Championship
Third at 2016 GP Final
Season Best: SP 74.39 | FS 143.18 | Total 216.47

Ashley Wagner
2016 world silver medalist
2016 Skate America winner
2017 U.S. silver medalist
Intel'Season Best: SP 69.50 | FS 126.94 | Total 196.44

Dark Horses

Mai Mihara
2017 Four Continents winner
Third at 2016 Skate America
2016 Nebelhorn Trophy champion
Season Best: SP 68.48 | FS 134.34 | Total 200.85

Carolina Kostner
2012 world champion
Third at 2017 European Championship
2016 Golden Spin winner
Season Best: SP 72.40 | FS 139.42 | Total 204.27

­čĆćPredictions

Men's Winner: Yuzuru Hanyu. The men's event at this world championship features the most talented field of male skaters we have ever seen. There are up to six skaters with a legit chance of winning the title. A fall or a missed combination could be the difference between gold and silver or worse yet a non-podium finish. If the top skaters perform to their abilities in Helsinki, it would be a true spectacle and a game changer for the sport. We narrow our choices down to Olympic champion Hanyu, defending champion Javier Fernandez and rising star Nathan Chen. The U.S. champion Chen has the jumps to win the world title, but his upside is limited. If his jumps do not cooperate, does he have enough points in the other parts of his skating to contend? Fernandez had to come from behind twice to win his two world titles. Can he repeat this feat a third time? Hanyu has struggled in the free skate at recent major championships. However, he still contends consistently despite this weakness. When he is at his best, it's a records galore. 

Ladies' Winner: Evgenia Medvedeva. A pattern has developed in the last three world championships. The skater who dominates the skating season (sans the Olympics) ends up with the world title. Mao Asada did it in the 2013-14 season, winning the GP Final and two other GP titles en route to the world title. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva did it two seasons ago winning pretty much everything. Medvedeva did the same last year and is looking for a two-peat. In her four international meets this season, the Russian has yet to lose. Her season's best score of 216.47 is 13 points ahead of her biggest rival Anna Pogorilaya and 33 points more than Ashley Wagner's. Unless there is a massive slip-up by Medvedeva, it is hard to see her not winning a second world championship.

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