Scott Hamilton: The 5 moments I'll be on the edge of my seat in Vancouver

Each day this week leading up to the opening of the Winter Olympics (Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC), PopWatch on Ice presents a Top 5 list from Scott Hamilton, the 1984 men’s figure skating gold medalist who’s set to call his sixth Games. Today’s topic: The 5 moments he’ll be on the edge of his seat in Vancouver. And this time, he thinks outside the sequined skating box. Check out his list, then submit your own.

1. There are eight men that have legitimate chances of winning a medal in the Men’s figure skating event. Eight! That is going to be the wildest of all the disciplines.

[EW: Below, watch favorite Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Gold medalist who came out of retirement last year, skate his long program to win the Russian title for the eighth time. Then watch his world-record-setting short program at the European Championships. Then meet the U.S. Men's Team, full of medal contenders.]

2. Lindsey Vonn.

[EW: And Hamilton wrote this before the U.S. Alpine skier revealed that she has a shin injury that could take her out of one or more events.]

3. The USA vs. Canada Hockey Game. IN Canada! And if Canada goes through to win the Gold medal overall the city of Vancouver may have to reattach the roof at the Olympic Hockey Arena.

[EW: Below, the final moment of Canada's 2002 Gold medal win over the USA in Salt Lake City.]

4. Seeing if Shaun White can dominate as he has on the X Games circuit.

[EW: We're still talking about White's face slam and subsequent Gold medal SuperPipe run at Winter X 14. Also about his 60 Minutes profile.]

5. I will be fascinated to see if the United States Ice Dance Teams can stand up to what has been a history of Russian domination. If they can break through and finally win an Ice Dancing Gold medal, it would be something I never thought I would see in my lifetime. After seeing the U.S. teams, I think it is very possible in Vancouver.

[EW: Watch the Free Dance that won Meryl Davis and Charlie White the U.S. title last month. (Dick Button compared it to Torvill and Dean's "Bolero." We wouldn't go that far.) Then watch the Free Dance from the U.S.'s Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the 2006 Olympic Silver medalists.]

More picks from Scott Hamilton:
The 5 programs I would have skated
The 5 most memorable Olympic figure skating falls
The 5 times I was a little too excited in the broadcast booth

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  • Vilya

    Oh God, I cannot STAND Plushenko. Never did like him. I hope someone else wins. I usually skip the ice dance because it’s always a foregone conclusion that the Russians will win, but it would be nice to see them taken down for once. Is it just me, or has ice dance become even more of a snoozefest than ever? I miss the late 80’s and 90’s, when there was some cool stuff going on. I miss Wilson and McCall. *sniff* R.I.P….

    • MM

      I agree! Plushenko is a great technical skater, but he has no artistry! Ugh. Here’s hoping someone else wins the gold.

    • orville

      I never liked him either. There’s just no grace in his skating–the turns and the footwork just seem sloppy and flung together instead on controlled.

    • Lotta

      I’m also in the ANYBODY BUT PLUSHY group. Also don’t want Evan Lysacek to win even though I’m a fan of him. But I’m a much more bigger fan of BRIAN JOUBERT. :D He’s the one I want to win the men’s title!

  • i’m a lady

    The europeans are already complaining that they think there will be a north american bias in figure skating from the judges. heaven forbid the scales will tip the other way for once.

  • Elizabeth

    Anything involving the luge or skeleton… you want extreme, there ya go!

  • cookiemac

    I was watching a news report this morning from Vancouver and they showed a clip of a guy going down the luge and a bear was literaly coming through the fence starring at him as he went by. Now that’s extreme sports!

    • ger

      So I’m guessing that when Colbert gets here tomorrow he’ll be avoiding Whistler all together.

      • cookiemac

        Hahaha,I never thought of that!

  • Keira

    I want anyone but Plushenko to win! Really rooting for Patrick Chan and Jeremy Abbott. If the Russians win the ice dance the fix is in, because they are not anywhere near the level of Virtue/Moir and the two American teams.

  • Jen C

    I love figure skating, but I love hockey too. And if the Canadians do when the gold medal, gosh I hope the roof doesn’t blow off GM place (Canada Hockey Place during the games). I already feel bad enough that the Canucks are one a 42 day (!!) road trip because they can’t use their own arena!

  • Lotta

    Did Scott forget that FRANCE won ice dance in the 2002 Games and NOT Russia so they actually did cut off the domination for a while? Also, it’s not just France who won but also Torvill and Dean from GREAT BRITAIN who did a dance routine better than anyone could have imagined. Did Scott also forget the amazing and beautiful team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada who can also destroy the Russians in ice dance along with D/W and B/A? Fail, Scott. Fail.

    • Judy

      Stop complaining jeeze. You gotta admit Russia has dominated over the course of the discipline’s history, that’s what he was getting at.

  • wg

    Just because I don’t think I’ve said it before – thanks for the ice skating coverage, EW!

  • Ruth Ann

    I hope Plushenko doesn’t win either. I love these figure skaters that disappear from competition until the next olympics and everybody else is competing. The Russian gentlemen that won the gold before Plushenko did
    (I forgot his name) was absolutely wonderful, but he had to retire because of his bad hip. Hope Lysack wins.

    • Daisy

      Alexi Yagudin is the Russian skater who won gold in Salt Lake City.

  • J

    EW says it “wouldn’t go that far” in comparing Davis and White to Torvill and Dean. I would! Their free dance at Nationals was the first time ice dancing has ever made me say, “Wow!” Ice dancing in Torvill and Dean’s time was too flaky and theatrical. They were captivating, but Davis and White have to combine that artistry with speed and challenging technical elements. For the first time, I’m looking more forward to ice dancing than any of the other figure skating events.

  • nat

    If Canada wins gold in mens hockey, I will cry. And I know I won’t be the only one. I know its a stereotype, but truly, Canada LOVES hockey.

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