Yeah, it did cross my mind that maybe Machida and Fernandez skated better than usual because they thought they had more of a chance of getting the title. Having someone like Chan there, even though he's not intimidating in personality, might make some people nervous.It would have been almost impossible to come second. Wasnt the difference between Machida and Hanyu a fraction of a point. So it would probably have to be gold or bronze (or worse). Then again with Chan there the whole complexion of the competition might have been different. I wouldnt be surprised if they felt it easier to boost Machida's scores upwards some with Chan not around, while Hanyu was always going to get scores like that anyway.