G&P's free dance was probably their easiest ever. They hard harder FDs even in 91, 92, and 93, but were Russian #2 or #3 (usually #3) so didnt get the marks they deserved at times. Now with K&P retired and U&Z CLEARLY out of favor behind the scenes within Russia especialy for some reason, G&P received #1 treatment in 94 and got inflated marks for an easy, sloppy program.
Sometimes bad skating happens to good people...
I think her SP and the biggest ovation of the evening put a little birdy into the judges' minds that Baiul is the star of the event. Baiul created an aura and excitement in that SP, where the audience sensed that they were seeing GREATNESS. I can see how a judge could see Baiul as so advanced from a performance point of view that the thought of stiff, robotic and seemingly snide Nancy taking the gold sounds like the 3rd circle in Dante's Inferno to them. Mary Scotvold is capable of great programs, Paul Wylie for instance (though it might have just been Paul...), but those programs of Nancy's were just awful. Maybe that's all she was capable of. I thought the previous year's Beauty and the Beast was nice, but Nancy apparently couldn't handle choreography and landing her jumps. I still think that after the SP the judges knew who was going to win. You couldn't deny Baiul's ability.
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
Endlessly Critiquing Costumes