Events that Pang & Tong were robbed in over the years
The incredible Pang & Tong have been robbed many times in their careers. Which events do you believe they were robbed of a higher placing in. Here are some I think:
2003 Worlds- They should have moved up to the bronze over Petrova & Tikhonov's horrible skate. The crowd was so upset by Petrova & Tikhonov's marks something was thrown on ice after their scores.
2005 Worlds- They deserved the bronze here. They had some mistakes but so did the Zhangs and their presentation was so much better than the Zhangs at this point.
2005 Trophee de France- Totmianina & Marinin were very subpar here. Pang & Tong lost the gold because an element was discounted which wasnt right.
2006 Olympics- This was a horrible result. They clearly outskated both the Zhangs and Shen & Zhou and deserved the silver medal. The Zhangs should have been lucky to take 4th over Petrova & Tikhonov here but were given "sympathy" marks for their bravery rather than judging the errors and actual quality of the skate itself.
2007-2008 season: Pretty much every event they were in this year they were underscored compared to the Germans and the Zhangs, especialy the Zhangs. Politcally they were dumped to help promote the overscored Zhangs.
2008 Worlds: Their skating was wonderful inspite of the mistakes. They deserved a medal of some kind.
2009 Worlds: Again when you look at the quality of the silver and bronze performances they could have been placed higher despite not skating their best.
I dont remember well the earlier events so I wont coment about them..
As for torino 2006, yes absolutely. I think that's almost unanimously agreed on that they were robbed of a silver medal.
BUT, while I agree that by 2008 they were dumped in reputation in favor of the Zhangs they so DID NOT deserve any medal at 2008 Worlds, they were flat and uninspired in both performances while Dube&Davision had the competition of their lives and rightfully deserved the bronze. Germans and Zhangs had subpar LPs but their SP were wonderful and had much more difficulty in their programs.
As for 2009 Worlds, umm they again peaked too early at 2009 4CC and were not in top form at L.A. with a messy SP with an awful final SBS spin and lacked their usual spark at the LP. I would have loved another podium for them but I can't say they were really robbed.
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They so deserved a medal at the 2006 Olympics!
I don't remember the other events that well but I definitely agree about the 2006 Olympics. The Zhangs were rewarded for TRYING the throw quad.. while it was a gutsy move, I think they were rewarded too much. I remember thinking that Pang & Tong should have got the bronze or silver. It's funny that they were dumped for the Zhangs back then, but now the Zhangs can barely get on the podium even when they go clean and Pang and Tong make technical mistakes.
Yes the Zhangs were actually slightly robbed at Worlds I felt. Kavaguti & Smirnov no way deserved a medal there. Mukhortova & Trankov were pushed off the podium just to ensure they would split up but they deserved a medal there really.
Originally Posted by blue_idealist
The sport is so political even today, even under this supposably new grand COP system. Pang & Tong have gained higher favor with their federation which is a must for scores. The Zhangs have lost it and so are going to have a tougher time. It is a shame federations and who they support at a given time play such a glaring role in results.