I discovered why, I (for the most part) love close comps and the ensuing "Who waz robbed" debates. Okay, it annoys me when posters take the "robbed" thing a little too seriously. But I do like to read the reasons for why some posters thought skater x should have won, and others pick skater y.
But it's more than just that. The close competitions have at least two great programs. It has great skating that fans still remember years later. Sometimes it even has some of the greatest programs ever created. There is a tension-who is going to come out on top. There's also a somewhat bittersweet feeling when it comes to the silver medalist. To know that you were just that close to winning a Gold medal, and that perhaps on any other night against any other skater you would have won.