So far, we have learned these timeless lessons. Of course, they're still under revision.
1. Secret Panel Rule. Anyone who gets to the Olympics by convincing a secret panel that they are not too injured to skate probably is too injured to skate. (Formerly known as Michelle's rule, it looked for a while that Evgeni defied the rule, but alas!)
2. Losing at Nationals Rule. Anyone who loses at nationals but is put is put on the Olympic team over someone who beat them will do OK, but not great. (Also known as Ashley and Daisuke's Rule, it may be changed by the end of the Olympics).
3. Performance Anxiety Rule. If you are suffering from some kind of performance anxiety, skating an extra program will not make it go away. Instead, you will get worse and hit your head. (Sigh)
4.Rule of Rounding. If they eliminated the decimals, about 10 people would be tied in the men's competition. Decimals are very important. They should round maybe to 3 or 4 places.
5. Fame and performance are inversely proportional. If you are just out of juniors or you've been around but aren't that well-known, you are more likely to skate perfectly clean than someone who the world is watching. (Of course, this one may be changed as well, but for now, congratulations to Jason, Julia and the guys from Sweden and Germany)