Normally I don't compare scores from different competitions but I see what Brad is driving at and I completely agree with him. The 6.0's were given for something rare, because 5.9 were considered excellent marks. The 6.0 was something to strive for. The judges cheapened the 6.0's by giving them away for mediocre performances. The US judges are not alone in it though. The judges at worlds gave them away just as freely. In fact the trend began when it became clear that the 6.0 system would be eventually replaced. Even though the scores are relative, the judges needed to use more restraint in giving 5.9's to some of the earlier skaters, and avoided putting themselves in a position where they had nowhere to go but 6.0. In the pros several years ago we were seeing too many 10.0's. Finally they changed the rules to say 10.0 should not be given unless the program is not just the best in the competition but the skater's best ever. After that I never saw a 10.0. That is going to extreme. All they needed was sticking with the kind of scores we were used to seeing. Some of the 6.0's at the US nationals were down right embarrassing, but so were many 6.0's at worlds last year. Belbin and Agosto skated very well but to give them all 6.0's across the board created the illusion of greatness. I don't believe they are there yet.