We need a real mathman or woman. Yes, the spread or ordinal differentiations are key. that`s why i was trying to figure out other than USA, Canada and Russia who would be the other two teams in the final - Italy, China, Japan or France probably. France and Italy are perhaps the two biggest wild cards. Who knows exactly where the french dance - in all disciplines their positioning is so precarious with a huge spread potential. Actually Italy is that way too Carolina is she on or off. The pairs and dance teams also could do very well or so so - it is unsure where C and L stand inthis world yes, they beat I and K at Euros but not by much and the scores and such suggest the second Americans and Canadians are ahead as well as the top russian team. I am not so sure C and L are the strongest Oly bronze faves in dance. It looks like the French, The Russians and USA 2 and Canada 2 are ahead and considering the mistakes of I and K probably them too. But again it depends on who skates as well. This really is strategy. Canada may have to get Chan to skate both events to really have a chance at gold. Their biggest `spread`is Osmond she could do fairly well or plummet behind ie in sp behind the second tier female skaters ie China, France assuming she loses to usa, russia, italy, japan for sure in the team event. But she potentially could upset some of those top tier. USA actually is lucky in some ways because in pairs which is the weak link when it comes to the finals they potentially could be third (sure higher but doubtfull). The key really will be the spread with ten teams when some of those lower team skaters could really `play spoiler. Russia for example would have had a better chance had the stars aligned and S quared skated and came second to V and T in the short giving more space between Russia and Canada and the Usa. The ordinal system really favours the weaker teams ie. japan has a chance because it not points but ordinals so their problems in pairs and dance aren`t nearly as noticeable or does not have such an affect as it had been total points (which is why when there are more singles skaters points or results used in the world team event that it favours Japan).