Denkova & Stayviski were only Navka & Kostomarov's archrival for one season of N&K's dominance, and N&K pretty easily won all those meetings (deserved or not). Then Belbin & Agosto became Navka & Kostomarov's archrivals for 2 seasons and N&K comfortably won all 4 meetings the 2 teams had those 2 seasons. So I would say that was a period of one sided rivalries on top.
Anissina & Peizerat didnt really have 1 main rivals from 1999-2002. Their #1 rivals switched around from Krylova & Ovsiannikov, then Fusar Poli & Margalio, and lastly Lobacheva & Averbuhk, and they ended up winning half the team, and losing by 1 judge the other half. The other top teams of that quad- Bourne & Kraatz, Drobiazko & Vanagas as well could all move anywhere from 1st to 5th, while A&P were always 1st or 2nd, but often not 1st.
B&S COC FD - Four Seasons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxyBhEr5nmI
Cliched prototypical Russian program from the costuming to the music. Consistent criticism of B&S is that like many of their Russian predecessors, they are able to skate in great speed with more simple moves and transitions into dramatic lifts. Bobrova's posture leaves a lot to be desired and her awkward free leg ruins their potentially long and clean lines. Like last year's program, the first half was powerful, but the second half's effectiveness dwindled.
P&B beat them well with the Little Prince routine.
P&B aren't really good storytellers. It reminded me a bit of Rakhamo and Kokko's street urchin routine, whose story you can really understand. Stanick Jeanette successfully conveyed the Little Prince. The British Eurosport guys praised them to the sky, but I don't get it... yet. Fabien fans will once again be disappointed he couldn't find a decent pair of pants.