M&D, IMO were certainly a watershed couple in figure skating.
They were the first pair that really changed the dynamics of the on ice relationship between the male & the female. Before that, the female was the "flower" and the male was "vase." In other words, the female was the star of the show and the guy was suppossed to support her, but not draw any attention to himself. But, here was a couple, where the guy was the center of the pair, and the woman was the supporting character. In a sport where attention naturally gravitates towards the female, because of the throws, lifts, death spirals. This is impressive. Of course, this turned off some traditionalists from M&D's skating.