....that S&D never got much attention behind I&Z. I personally never cared for them as a pair, but they both seem like very nice people and always made the attempt. It's painful to watch a team "almost" get there and never really achieve it. I think between injuries and inconsistancy, these two never really had a chance to get to the top of their game. I also sensed the lack of a "championship mindset" in them. It seems to me that it is rarely good when you see fear in any skater's eyes. S&D never really looked completely comfortable out there, that is a shame since they are such an appealing couple.
Realistically, I bet they realized that their time had past, they did hold a national championship, along with several other national medals, they had been to world and skated in the top 10, and they had been Olypians. That's quite a bit more than other couples EVER acheive. However, I'm also sure that if you aren't moving up in the rankings consistantly (that is barring injuries and setbacks) then it may not be all the work and expense to continue to train when other avenues may be open to you.
I wish them the best. And who knows, often times those "marginal" skaters turn out to be great coaches and choreographers. And even though they aren't my favorite pair, I do appreciate the fact the TIffany and Phillip represented their country with dignity and respect throughout their competitive careers. That, in and of itself, is an accomplishemnt!
p.s. how would we remember them if NOT for the Pink Panther routine? Hey if it werent' for Urbanski and Marvel's HORRIBLE Micky/Minnie mouse routine, I might not remember their skating either....