Best of the U.S.: Four-time and current national champion Jeremy Abbott, 28, and rising star Jason Brown, 19.
Best of the rest: Canada's Patrick Chan, winner of last three world titles and fifth-place finisher in the 2010 Winter Games; Japanese phenom Yuzuru Hanyu, 19; Javier Fernandez, first Spanish skater to win European (two titles) and world medals (bronze in 2013). Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, a silver-medal sensation at last year's worlds but injured much of this season; inconsistent but artistically brilliant Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, the 2010 silver medalist.
U.S. chances to medal: Slim. Abbott has been a bust in previous worlds and Olympics. Without a quad, Brown likely needs to be flawless to make the top five.
Little-known fact: A Hanyu victory would mean Canada's Brian Orser has coached foreigners to gold in the last two Olympics, having guided women's champ Yuna Kim in 2010.