Takahashi is one of my favorite skaters of all time, and while I admire his integrity (gotta do that quad) part of me really wishes he had skipped it in Vancouver- he would have definitely won gold in my opinion if he had skated clean. Maybe then he wouldn't be in this disastrous situation...
Well, hopefully I'll be proven wrong, but somehow I doubt it.
Kwan didn't withdraw at the last moment. Emily Hughes had plenty of time to take her place in Torino.