I missed the Olympic talk around here but Irina should have ended with the bronze, imo.
In the Short, I would have:
4- Butyrskaya (she was waaay underscored, imo, and had a clean SP)
5- Hughes (the only one of the top guns to falter in the short)
I would have given Kwan the gold by default. That's just the system. I do not think she won the short or long- but she gets the gold with those results.
People make a case for Irina winning the long program- I just do not see it. I don't think she comes close to beating Hughes and Kwan snipped her, too. Kwan and Irina landed the same jumps, for all intents and purposes and Michelle's carriage is better than Irina's and far better than Hughes. Sarah was just able to overcome her skating deficiencies with a strong skate, while Kwan and Slutskaya handed in poor performances for their standards.
A lot of things had to happen for Sarah to get the gold, and they all did. Butryskaya was way undermarked in the SP, Slutskaya was slightly undermarked in the SP, Kwan was slightly overmarked in the SP, Slutskaya was overmarked in the LP. Sarah needed all of those things to happen for her to win. At least Sarah is not a pain in the ass like Lipinski.