ok first I would like to say thank you to all that replied - there were some very interesting responses to the opinion I posed.
On to Michelle....
I am not in any way "bashing" her skating. It is true - she is consistent and confident in her skating. She rarely misses. Her fundamental technique is wonderful (obviously, or she wouldn't be doing all the triples she does), and her artistry to many is outstanding.
Nor am I saying that triple/triple combos make the skater -not by any means. However, when looking at a skater like Michelle, one can say (and it has been said right here on this message board) that she has brilliant technique, etc. If this is the case, I just wonder why that technique hasn't translated into an triple/triple on a consistent basis? She is old enough and her technique is solid enough to where this particular combo wouldn't hurt her body (as was stated in another reply). And if triple/triples are not needed to win a competition anymore (at least in some capacity to boost the score), then how can one argue that the skating over the last 10 years hasn't waned technically?? If Debi, Kristi and Midori and Nancy were completing them in the late eighties/early to mid 90's, why are they not in evidence more so today from the one major player that could truly use them to show her true technical prowess - aka Michelle? As far as Tara and Irina needed the triple/triples, why did Michelle not have one when she needed one the most - in competition with these two fabulous athletes? THAT'S being a competitor and she didn't come through when she was challenged the most (hence her silver medals)! I just truly believe that if you are sound technically and are a smart skater, you should have a triple/triple in your repertoire regardless of if you need it that particular year or not. It's like putting the stamp on your product!