Ladiezzz Ice Dancing (NOT a sport)
If this is the way it's going to be, like at SkateAmerica (where difficulty wasn't recognized ala Miki Ando, but rather pops & safe skating were), then Sasha Cohen & Michelle Kwan will kick a** big time (hopefully Shizuka Arakawa as well)! And I say "YES", b/c I'd rather have them win everything under the sun then the winners of the last two Grand Prix competitions, including tonight's.
That said, I expect Sasha Cohen to dominate ALL competitions once she gets on her feet again (just like she did last year during the Grand Prix when COP was first introduced). No need to work on difficulty anymore ~ safe skating will win for her (aka 4 clean solo triples, doesn't even matter if they're all the same; just put in her best triple jump four times over & add a bunch of 2axels for good measure) ~ and then throw in her pretty extended spirals, fast unique spins, and winning presentation. Has it in the bag; can even fall two times like tonight's winner & only get .1 taken off for each fall b/c in the long run it won't matter (her SP points will put her so far ahead of the field that she can come in last in the FS & still win). Next will be a toss up between Michelle Kwan & Shizuka Arakawa for 2nd & 3rd. All others can literally knock themselves out doing everything under the sun......trying Quads, Triple Axels, Triple-Triple Combinations, et al.....but won't make a difference since difficulty no longer matters (& that's the honest to God's truth). They will be vying for 4th place & below, no ifs/whats/buts about it. In fact, no need to watch the FS anymore, the SP will tell the tale, just like in the old days when the winner of the SP was so far ahead of the field that s/he only needed to play it safe during the FS in order to win the whole she-bang.
P.S. Oh yeah, no incentive anymore for the ladies to try quads & triple axels, since one gets double-whammied for it (aka quad is counted as a triple & 3A as a 2A, then points taken off for GOE, since neither is recognized as such in the first place). Also, same goes for 3/3s, second triple is counted as a double & points taken off for GOE. Skating has taken a huge leap backwards in time.