As for the free skate how any judges had Zagorska/Siudek above Petrova/Tikhonov is a huge mystery to me. Petrova/Tikhonov were slow and somewhat dull, but still were flawless technically, had two side by side triples, and a fairly polished program. Zagorska/Siudek missed both major side by side jumps, and were sloppy as usual (they actually improved alot after 2002 going to Gauthier, and still could not get close to Petrova/Tikhonov even with their best efforts).
Much of what is said about the individual Pairs is personal taste. no problem.
But, imo, there seems to have been one wild and wooly night in SLC. The competition will remain the most discussed podium finish ever - in fact, the top 5 finishers as well.
Nothing concrete here, but lots of opinions.
I don not think there is a deal between Chinese and Russian judge.JIasheng Yang said B/S their programme is much more difficult than s/p who used their old programme,es in transitions.And most of my friends think gold should go to B/S
We know that some posters will think there is no deal between China and Russia and there will be some posters who think there was.
Check out Antmanb's reply.
Even before the disastrous fall in the FD, the reigning World Champions were mired in third for both CD's and the OD. Lobacheva/Averbukh lost the Olympic Gold Medal by one vote in the FD. Not exactly the "expected" results, but the closeness of the vote could have been due to the Le Gougne relevations and publicity that would have made the Russian judge voting for A/P suicidal.
1 ANISSINA Marina / PEIZERAT Gwendal FRA 2.0 1 1 1 1
2 LOBACHEVA Irina / AVERBUKH Ilia RUS 4.0 2 2 2 2
3 FUSAR POLI Barbara / MARGAGLIO Maurizio ITA 6.0 3 3 3 3
4 BOURNE Shae-Lynn / KRAATZ Victor CAN 8.0 4 4 4 4
Standard practice for dealing is balancing the money decision and sacrificing the No 2 (or No 3) team/skater, so that people will point and say, but the [x] judge placed [country A's No 1 team] over [country B's No 2 team].
That doesn't prove a deal or no deal, but that the Chinese judge placed I&Z over T&M does not rule out a deal.
I think the fact Shen/Zhou were placed 3rd by every judge is quite telling personally. I guess someone would need to explain how there could be any block voting or deal done between certain parties, which could lead to that. Certainly the American and Canadian judges, whose teams the countries felt were screwed, would not have bought into such a plot, yet even they placed Shen/Zhou 3rd.
As I said Shen/Zhou were not the complete package yet of 2003-2007, but they were still the heavy bronze favorites from my perspective. There was atleast as much chance of them finishing higher then bronze, as not winning the bronze, which was close to nothing either way. Totmianina/Marinin were really a newbie team at the time, very early in their development still, and just starting to emerge into contenders. Ina/Zimmerman were never considered a top 3 pair team, they were having their best season ever, but they just were not of that calibre quite. Petrova/Tikhonov had been going downhill steadily in the couple years after their surprise 2000 World title. So basically Shen/Zhou would be the heavy bronze favorites in 2002 since even if they were not that great yet, there just wasnt anyone else at the time strong enough to beat them.
Let me put what MM said in terms of logic:
I would describe the situation as "If a or b then c" where a is "there is block voting", b is "S&Z deserved their medal", and c is "S&Z got a medal". In other words, to satisfy "c", you need either a, b, or both to be true. Just because "b" was true does not mean that "a" was not.
Nobody has answered though who was the serious threat to Shen/Zhou for the bronze medal? If they were not considered a lock for the bronze atleast who was their competition for it?
Totmianina-Marinin? Ina-Zimmerman? Petrova-Tikhonov? I havent seen anyone bring up who that potential threat was. Totmianina/Marinin were a newbie team still, and very underdeveloped. Ina/Zimmerman were never taken seriously as a potential medalist in that field, except maybe by the most homer happy media types. Petrova/Tikhonov had been regressing since their World title win in 2000, and hadnt beaten any of the top 3 even once since then.
The idea that the Chinese fed. would have cooked up a deal to ensure Shen/Zhou the bronze seems very far fetched, since there does not seem to be anyone who was any threat whatsoever to their winning atleast the bronze in the first place. Nobody has even brought up who that would be. Their chances of winning more then bronze, while very slim, were still probably more then their chances of anyone taking away the bronze from them, further making such a deal seem irrational and unrealistic.
I wowed with everyone over their throws and lifts prior to SLC but did not see the lock for 3rd place. Imo, and more than likely only imo, I thought a more experienced team at presentation could possibly take the bronze.
It wasn't till DC Worlds where I stood up an cheered with the crowd that there was more to S&Z than throws and lifts. Now which American choreographer gave them Turandot?
Scenario A. The Chinese federation figures that Shen and Zhou's bronze is probably secure. They do nothing.
Scenario B. The Chinese federation figures that Shen and Zhao's bronze is secure. They scurry around making deals anyway because, (1) that's how it's done in the ISU, (2) you can never have too much insurance, (3) maybe some future favors will be in the offing, (d) if they don't play, maybe the Russians or the Americans will cut a deal with someone else and freeze the Chinese out, and (e) it's a lot more fun to be an active player than to sit twiddling your thumbs on the sideline.
Who might be an example of this "more experienced team at presentation"? Was it Petrova/Tikhonov, was it Totmianina/Marinin, Zagorska/Siudek,
Ina/Zimmerman? Was there someone(s) specificaly you had in mind, or did you perhaps just overestimate the field, and assume were they were in their skating at that point in time that there should be other team(s) to also be a threat for the bronze, but in fact did not exist.
The way I see it personally, is I agree Shen/Zhou were pretty much only huge jumps, twists, throws, back then. However in the 2002 field that was enough to dominate all the teams behind them and make them a lock for the bronze; since the teams after that - an undeveloped still not mature Totmianina/Marinin, a fading bland Petrova/Tikhonov, the technicaly inferior Ina/Zimmerman, and the sloppy Zagorska/Siudek or Abitol/Bernadis, just werent good enough at the time to present any threat to them at all for their medal; even if they were only huge throws, twists, jumps, and hardly anything else back then.
However if you disagree with my accessment on any team(s) that I just listed, and saw any of those team(s) as any threat to Shen/
Zhou's medal I wont argue with that. I am just curious who that is in that years field.
Last edited by slutskayafan21; 07-29-2007 at 01:52 AM.