OK, I realize this is ancient history by now, but I've been away from this forum for seven months or so.
I was amazed at the bruhaha over the deductions given to Michelle Kwan for her World short program. She finished her program several seconds after the music had stopped, and that calls for a deduction, plain and simple. Michelle did the same thing at the Nationals this past January, and the judges chose to ignore this mistake and did not deduct her technical scores. Perhaps they felt that to penalize Kwan was tantamount to treason, or at the very least, to penalize an icon (which Michelle certainly is). By ignoring this mistake, the judges really set up Kwan for her disappointment at Worlds. Had the US judges
taken a .1 technical score deduction - and if they had publicly stated why they had done so - Michelle would certainly have taken this to heart and would have seen to it that the same mistake did not occur at Worlds.
Alas, it's so easy to be a Monday morning quarterback!