Kwan's withdrawal (and replacement) vs. the notion of a Plushenko/Kovtun bait-and-switch is a case of comparing apples and oranges.
Originally Posted by seniorita
- I have no problem with a skater who withdraws because of a legitimate injury. But that is not the situation that some of us have been discussing in this thread.
- Team skating medals were not at stake at the 2006 Olympics.
- The injured Kwan had not yet competed at the 2006 Games when she was replaced.
- The hypothetical scenario that others put forward in this thread is that as a premeditated strategy, a Russian man would fake an injury after competing in the SP (or SP and FS) of the Olympic team competition.