Both my faves, Stephane and Ilia have come out of years of knee problems and I think one could consider that - not for a medal - but a cheer for going for something beyond their means. They were not at their best, and imo, showed the smoothness of their skating despite the pain. I'm skeptical about their future.
Plushy is CoP favorite. His jumping is unparalelled He skated cleanly and much his attempts at spinning was well rewarded, maybe too much. He deserved his win, however, it doesn't change my opinion of being a better skater than Ilia. I am not amused by the show off style, although it was very much less this competition.
Buttle has his moments. This was not one of them.
Joubert may be at the end of his competitive career. I hope not.
Evan should be the next man in USA figure skating unless Johnny talks less and gives more action.
Matt did very well and I hope he finds the time to continue in future.
Whatever it is keeping Eman from skating his best is beyond me. Anyone to explain?
Shawn Sawyer. Undermarked and wait till next year!!!