i know seeing the Shibs in 3rd was a bit of a surprise, but the had two lift deductions, one in the SD and one in the FD. those 2 points would have put them in front of C/B.
obviously it's disappointing that they can't seem to close the gap, but they are some of the best ice dancers in the world in terms of skills and technique and i will ALWAYS love watching them skate, Tracy and Tanith's observations about the team are spot on. Also, they've been in the top tier of dancers for so long (dating back to their junior days) that we forget how young they really are...but regardless, I think they've managed to put out some of the most entertaining, well-executed programs over the past couple of years and i hope they continue to do so.
The Shibs are great! And people forget that this is Maia's first year at UMich, and it's not surprising that it's a difficult year for them, especially with Alex's injuries.