There are a lot of differences that made D&W placement less horrible than I/K's. If you are looking at it by country you had Bebin and Agosto doing well and for V&M you had D/L. It's not like Russia had something like the US or Canada in 2007 in 2011. And even in 2011 two teams from the US made the podium so that didn't even hurt the Shibutani's like it might have in 2007. I/K were 7th and B/S were 6th. The field was wide open and the combination of people saying I/K's programs were terrible and their own mistakes took them out of the running. So changes in everything were necessary and they can't be seen as having done well.