bruce3404 wrote:While Gotzis is a huge meet for multi athletes and their fans, I don't at all see Eaton working towards peaking at a meet that's pretty far off the radar for the average sports fan. This isn't to say he won't win, but the single peak for the season has to be Moscow. My guess is that, if healthy, he'll score around 8750, which should be good enough to win at Gotzis since I don't expect Hardee to be in top form that early.
After losing in Deagu Eaton said in few interviews that his biggest mistake was that he came to the WC aiming for a high score rather than aiming for a gold medal. He said that this frame of mind added pressure and once he failed (after the LJ) he was unable to re-focus on winning the competition.
Before London Eaton stated few times that his goal in London was to win the gold and not another WR.
Following this logic I think that it is unlikely that Eaton will try for a big score in Moscow but rather in Gotizs or in Des Moines. Of the two Gotizs seems like the better bet as losing there will only cost Eaton some pride rather than the possibility of not making the American team. So I think that Eaton strategy will be to try for a big score in Gotizs and then ensure qualification in Des Moines.
There are two other reasons to support my "Gotizs theory". First, Eaton early form is already close to his pick in most events (and three PBs) suggesting that Gotizs is the probable target. Second, there is a good chance that for the first time in my life I will come to the States to watch the competition. I think that giving my luck with these things it is only fitting that Eaton will be at his best in Gotizs rather than in Des Moines.