Irina has had a great season so far, but that doesn't necessarily mean the Olympic Gold is hers. She was receiving very high marks in her competitions before SLC and to many was the frontrunner, but that didn't help her much at the Olympics in 2002. She still has to deliver in Turin....and before that, at COR, the GPF and Europeans. As many have said, she is being given great marks by the judges b/c she is simply skating much better than anyone else in these competitions. In Turin, she will be competing against all of the big names....and with the enormous pressure of being the Olympic favorite most likely. I am not so inclined to count Arakawa, Cohen or Kwan out. They are all fabulous skaters that can and have bested Slutskaya in the past. She isn't invincible. No one is.