That's a fair description. What one hopes with a hired tech specialist consultant is that he or she will point out every little possible flaw so that it can be fixed.
Actually, you might want to clear things up some more. Were you saying that Maurizio was supporting D&W by penalizing V&M? You had a problem with what I said, which was really not a very original point - your critics are your best motivators; Maurizio et al helped them see what they can improve to beat D&W. Then you handwaved that I made a distinction between consultant and coach.
The simplest answer is sometimes the best one:
The tech panel correctly and ethically assigned the appropriate levels to the lift and the spin that were performed on that night.
I believe Doris has already provided a plausible breakdown of where levels were lost, and I haven't seen anyone dispute her analysis with alternate technical explanations. My understanding is that V/M have already acknowledged that the levels were fairly assigned.
I'm not sure how we went from there to Maurizio was "helping" or "hurting."
Edit: I'm now not certain the italicized portion is true... I may have misread other information... but leaving it in for clarification/discussion.
I offered the alternative suggestion that the Tech Specialist at the JGP event (who is the person primarily responsible for calls on a Tech Panel) was Maurizio Margaglio, and that perhaps Maurizio was not as eagle-eyed a tech guy as the Tech Specialist who was on both the Finlandia and Salt Lake panels, György Elek.
The thread drift went from there.
Thank you. I had gotten confused.
But György Elek doesn't sound like a name of an American (perhaps he is, though. Melting Pot and all that...). Assuming he's not... where did the veiled accusations of pro-American/anti-Canadian bias come from? I suppose I'm hopelessly lost.
Edit: Oh, wait. Did the bias discussion come up because the Assistant was American?
To point out how lost I am... I had thought from the discussion that Maurizio was the tech specialist at Finlandia...
To me, Matt K's separate point (which by no means negates yours) is that Margaglio works with both Davis/White and Virtue/Moir (as well as other members of Team Canton) -- and is supporting both D/W and V/M with whatever expertise that he offers.
So not only is Margaglio helping V/M earn every tenth of a point that they can (with the ultimate goal of outscoring D/W) -- but also Margaglio is helping D/W earn every tenth that they can (with the ultimate goal of outscoring V/M).
Presumably, since silence is assent, and since V&M did not challenge the results, they were OK with them. Since they won the competition by many points, I doubt that they would take the trouble, for that matter, and might be glad to know that they had some issues.
Checking whether you have level issues is one of the reasons that elite level teams go to B level competitions...that and the ISU points you get from competing there.
Gyorgy Elek formerly skated for Hungary in ice dance with Zsuzsanna NAGY.
The other Tech specialist on the JGP team was Doreen HOPPE from Great Britain.
The Tech Controller was Katalin ALPERN (ISR).
The only interesting thing here is that Alpern was originally from Hungary, and Doreen Hoppe's husband Gary used to judge for Israel, so there is a HUN-ISR-GBR connection among the tech panel.
V/M were the ones to struggle the most with levels after Igor left. Them actually and the Shibs. Really and truly IMHO, Marina and Igor breaking up really hurt them. I get the feeling that it is a great challenge for them to merge the technical and the artistic just because of how naturally gifted they are as performers and dancers. They needed therefore that sharp eye to keep them on track, Igor's. That being said they just have to work harder and or smarter to get the levels up. It's a pity that they don't seem to have the option of having him as a consultant, even though Marina is their main coach at the moment. Seems silly to me to let personal issues between to grown people (Igor and Marina) get in the way of them possibly vying for a record tying second Olympic gold medal in ice dance. Oh well