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Going out on a limb: Bold predictions for 2016-17

Icenetwork contributors list off some long-shot prognostications
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Our experts have varying opinions on how successful a season Gracie Gold will have. -Getty Images

Icenetwork asked its contributors to look into their crystal balls and make some bold predictions for the 2016-17 season.

Ladies

Lynn Rutherford: "Gracie Gold wins the world title. There, I said it again."

Vladislav Luchianov: "China's Zijun Li will make the podium at the 2017 World Championships."

Nick McCarvel: "It'll be an 'off' year for Gracie Gold. I think she'll push herself to try new things the year before the Olympic season rolls around, and that will mean some growing pains."

Wei Xiong: "A junior lady will break 200 points, Evgenia Medvedeva will dominate another season while breaking the world record for combined total score, and two more ladies will successfully land triple axels in competition."

Jean-Christophe Berlot: "Gracie Gold becomes world champion. After her big disappointment last spring, maybe her time has finally come."

Sarah S. Brannen: "A U.S. lady wins worlds. Why not? Maybe they'll be inspired by the superb performances of the U.S. gymnasts in Rio." 

Men

Rutherford: "Two of last season's world medalists will not be on the 2017 world podium."

Luchianov: "Max Aaron will claim the world bronze medal."

McCarvel: "The American men will earn back their third spot for the PyeongChang Olympics."

Xiong: "By the end of September, we will see the first ratified quad loop at an ISU-sanctioned competition. By the Grand Prix Final, the current world scoring records will be refreshed. At worlds, every type of quad except the axel will be landed in the final group, and the quad axel will appear in exhibition."

Berlot: "Latvia's Deniss Vasiļjevs reaches top five at Europeans."

Brannen: "More of a quavery guess than a bold prediction, because Jason Brown might very well take his title back, but going out on a shaky limb: Nathan Chen wins the 2017 U.S. title."

Pairs

Rutherford: "Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot hit their quad twist and win world gold."

Luchianov: "Canada's Lubov Iliushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch will take bronze at the world championships."

McCarvel: "Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will continue to dominate (not necessarily a bold prediction, but considering how strong the pairs discipline is internationally, it does speak to their professionalism and dedication)."

Xiong: "All of the top-10 finishers at worlds will have at least a quad, and all the medalists will complete two quads in their free skate."

Berlot: "Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau make it to the world podium."

Brannen: "I've been expecting Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov to win the world title for two years now. Maybe 2017 will be their year at last! "

Dance

Rutherford: "Returning 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will win a medal at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships, but it will not be gold."

Luchianov: "Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier will take bronze at the 2017 World Championships."

McCarvel: "Virtue and Moir's comeback WON'T be a flop, although they probably won't medal at worlds."

Xiong: "The winners of the Grand Prix Final, Four Continents, Europeans and worlds will all be different."

Berlot: "Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin will establish themselves as the best Russian dance team."

Brannen: "Papadakis and Cizeron hold off Virtue and Moir at the Grand Prix Final."