It just now occurred to me that there is a very strange trend going on in ladies and I don't know if anyone has really picked up on it or wondered what it might mean.
The trend is the world champion finishing off the podium the next year.
2008 Asada 2009 4th
2007 Ando 2008 WD
2006 Meissner 2007 4th
2005 Slutskaya 2006 DNC
2004 Arakawa 2005 9th
In other words the last ladies world champion to finish on the podium the next year is ... Kwan (just as she's the last ladies champion to successfully defend the title).
I'm not sure what what it means I find it definitely odd that the last three ladies world champions to try to defend their titles (and made it thru the competition) finished off the podium.