The judges scored V&M appropriately--it was the tech panel that was very tough, compared to the tech panel at the GPF. However, IMO, the tech panel at the GPF was very, very easy. I expect to see D&W get lower levels at US Nationals than they did at the GPF, too, especially if Judy Blumberg is on the panel. In fact, during the GPF coverage, Tanith Belbin and even Terry Gannon found the tech panel very forgiving and free with the level 4's and warned us not to expect levels to be that high at nationals.

After all, no team had a level 4 in a step sequence, and maybe C&L only had both level 4 on the rhumba sequences in any SD on the Grand Prix, and suddenly at the GPF nearly every team suddenly had level 4's.

V&M on the Grand Prix
SD
two level 3 steps, 1 level 4 rhumba, 3 level 3 rhumba
FD four level 3 steps

W&P (3 events) Grand Prix
SD rhumba sequences, two level 4, two level 2
steps 2 level 3 steps one level 2 step
FD 5 level 3 steps one level 2

D&W at 2 Grand Prix events
SD, two level 3 steps, 4 level 3's on the rhumba
FD, 4 level 3 steps

P&B at 2 GPFs
SD 3 level 2 rhumba's, one level 4,
steps two level 3
FD 3 level 3 steps 1 level 2 step

So at the GPF:

V&M
SD 1 level 3 rhumba, 1 level 4 rhumba
1 level 3 step
FD 2 level 4 steps

W&P
SD 2 level 4 rhumba, one level 3 step
FD 2 level 3 steps


D&W
SD 2 level 4 rhumba, 1 level 4 step
FD 1 level 4 step, 1 level 3 step


P&B
SD 2 level 4 rhumba, one level 3 step
FD 2 level 3 steps

Furthermore, the Shibutanis got 2 level 4 rhumbas and B & S got one level 3 and one level 4.

Clearly, the tech panel at GPF was the most lenient we have seen all year, including at Canadians.

And I would expect to see D&W have a harder time getting level 4 on the rhumba sequences at US Nationals, too.

To say V&M weren't respected by the judges here is, I think, inaccurate. (how could they get a lot higher than 9.96 for Performance, for example?) It was the tech panel, not the judges that were tough.

The correct thing is that G&P were scored rather high for what they did, I thought.