Whoops. Forgot about Plushenko. He could've possibly been the predetermined winner. Hm...maybe V&T too, and V&M in 2010.
Years ago, American TV broadcast a ballet competition, I think the Varna Competition (which was shown in Mississippi that year--apparently the venue rotated among several cities). One of the competitors was a very young but very good Katherine Healy, who also skates. Everyone fell at least once, even Healy--was the floor unusually uneven or slippery? Who knows. But at the end, the committee decided not to award a gold medal at all. They gave I think several silvers to the best dancers and left it at that. I almost wish that could have happened at Sochi.
BTW, I've been meaning to send you a PM re: the music links you posted a couple of days ago; too much going on but will try to get to it soon. The Elisabeth Grummer performance was gorgeous!
And thank you for listening to Elisabeth Grummer.
Call me crazy if you want, but I don't think it would've been easy to award Plush the gold if he simply stayed on his feet. I thought so initially after Adelina's win (and my subsequent indignation), but I'm not so sure anymore. Awarding a clean Plush is a no-brainer under 6.0. But because of how IJS works, falls aren't penalized very severely. Adelina, regardless of her other shortcomings, had seven triples to Yuna's six. And Yuna missed some levels in the SP (as posters with better memory than me noted ), which allowed Adelina to stay in OGM contention during the long. Also, I think the judges were willing--heck, itching--to award Patrick or Hanyu if only they performed well; it's not quite the case with Yuna, who is reigning Olympic champ, and they except greater things from her since "Oh, she already has an Olympic medal" (and are likely to compare her against her best, and beautiful as her LP was, it wasn't quite that).
Obviously, the top two did not perform well, but Plush would've needed to skate lights-out to make up for the SP points (he can skate better than he did during the team SP, so I don't think he'd be 10 points back, but it'll still be a difficult gap to bridge). A clean, one-quad LP likely wouldn't have been enough just because of how the points work. Maybe ahead of Patrick for silver, but the Canadian silver curse would've fought against any interferences. I think the top two would've received lower LP marks if Plush had been there, but I can't say for sure that it would've been enough. Of course, lots of my RL friends vehemently disagree and think Plush would've won for sure, so maybe it's just me.
Of course, they could always change the rules overnight to make falls worth 0 points, in which case Plush would've won by a landslide.
(I guess it's kinda useless speculating. We can't go back in time and fix that stupid screw in Plush's back.)