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Ladies' Olympic Team
Ashley Wagner, gold medal: The skater’s confidence, experience and tight form will be too much for the less consistent competition around her. She just missed out on Vancouver, but Wagner is heading to Sochi in style.
Gracie Gold, silver medal: It would be the second straight runner-up finish for Gold, but this one will deliver the coveted golden ticket to Sochi. She will push Wagner early, but will settle nicely into the silver-medal slot.
Agnes Zawadzki, bronze medal: Counting on equal parts great skating and good karma coming through for Zawadzki in Boston. The skater and her family have sacrificed so much to get here that her determination to reach Sochi will carry her past a couple other talented ladies challenging for the coveted final spot on the Olympic team.
Men’s Olympic Team
Max Aaron, gold medal: In truth, as many as five skaters could claim the national championship, but we’re counting on Aaron’s experience and strong free-skate program to carry him to a second straight gold medal. It won’t be easy, but Aaron will make the trip to Sochi as a team leader.
Ross Miner, silver medal: One’s got to think there’s something to being a Boston boy this weekend, and if Miner can pull off his free skate program dedicated to the resolve of his hometown after the marathon bombing he will score very well.
Pairs Olympic Team
Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, gold medal: This duo was skating very well together in 2012 before Coughlin’s hip injury forced him off the ice. In what should be a tight competition throughout, the partners will just barely claim the gold en route to Sochi.
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, silver medal: The defending champions will challenge for gold throughout, but in the end they will have to settle for a silver-medal showing that will still send them to Russia next month.
Ice Dancing Olympic Team
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, gold medal: In the most convincing victory of the championships, Davis and White continue their mission toward an Olympic gold medal by capturing the same medal in Boston for an amazing sixth time.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates, silver medal: The pair finished second in this event to Davis and White last year, and will repeat that performance this weekend to earn an Olympic bid in just their third year together on the ice.
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, bronze medal: The Michigan natives have been impressively consistent in the U.S. Championships, finishing in the top three the past three years, including a bronze in 2013. They will match that effort this week and receive a hard-earned trip to the Winter Olympics as a reward.