Maybe Manley's camp was thinking that if she won the freeskate with Ito 2nd and Witt 3rd, she would have won the gold.
But if Ito had won the free with Manley 2nd and Witt 3rd -- likely how those programs would have been judged just a few years later -- the medal placements would have been the same as they actually were. Only Ito would have moved ahead of Trenary for 4th place overall.
Would Manley's scores in the school figures scores have been enough?
Sandpiper -- Ito's jumps were amazing that night, even more so because at the time, women simply did not jump like that. It was her presentation that probably pulled her down. Still, a jaw-dropping performance!