i agree the judges won them the medal... their program may of have been a bit more difficult but they messed up like 4 times atleast and jamie and david got robbed and thats all there is too it.. they got the standing ovation and the announcers agreed how contriversial this win is for the russians
So what.. I still remember the figure skating championships in Colorado Springs in 1981 (?) when a Russian pair was robbed in favor of more popular Babylonia/Gardner.. So what.. Babylonia/Graner are still heroes. No one really remembers Cherkasova/Chakhrai..
I have to say it was too close to call for a viewer, especially like me. Well I remember Michelle Kwan skated, at the time people thought it was a 'clean' program at '98, turned out to have mistakes that cost her the gold. I think Sale and Pelletier skated better in a previous competition, I don't remember which, than today. They didn't sell the program as well as they did before but today was still lovely. Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze artistry was stunning.
A couple of years ago, Shen and Xhao skated a 'clean' program at Worlds, and Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze had a Fall but still won. There is just something special about the Russians.
I wonder if Dick Button had commented today, he would have given more critique on programs for me to judge.
I wished Shen held on to the the Quad Salchow to make the rankings even more interesting. The fall hurt both the technical and Artistic marks. If She had landed, It would be very interesting how the judges rank the Technical marks.
I wonder if the judges this year have decided to give Bourne & Kraatz a medal yet. Maybe they'll actually allow them to win the bronze this year, just to quiet some of all this criticism they're getting.
Actually though, it'll be interesting to see if the ice dancing is actually a bit more fair this year, especially after the Sale/Pelletier controversy, instead of the judges previously deciding who'll win the medals like in the past. They've made a few changes, and lets see if for once, those who deserve the medals will get them. And even if that means a Russian sweep, it will be acceptable as long as they truly deserved it. I just want to see a fair competition.