When Michelle skated regularly in events, there were huge audiences and lots of TV coverage. Cheesefests, cheesefests, rah, rah, rah!I do agree with redwing to a certain extent, though. It seems funny to try to make a "team" event out of a discipline where each person just goes out and skates as an individual, then they add up the points. It is hard to see where the "team" part comes in. Even in gymnastics, at least there is a tiny bit if strategy as far as the possibility of sending up specialists on the different apperatuses, mixed in with all-around performers.
Still, I think its cool. The bottom line is the bottom line. If fans like it, who am I to throw water on their parade?
As for the World team Trophy, cheesefests rule! Michelle Kwan used to have a standing contract with USFS and ABC television that required her to show up for the five major events of the skating season: Skate America, U.S. Nationals, and the October, December, and April cheesefests. Worlds? Who cares about that?