This has been the most injury fraught Worlds, I have ever seen. One skater after the other is hobbling off the ice in pain or is not even making it to the ice. Marcoux and Buntin of Canada almost did not make it to the Worlds, but somehow managed to pull it off despite the pain; Takeshi Honda ended up in the hospital with an injured ankle. Shen and Zhao had to withdraw due to injury and even the Golden boy Plushenko is skating with an injury. Even the Chinese pair who came third showed he was suffering at the end of their skate as he held his back in pain at the end. It's just unreal!!
One wonders has the bar been raised so high in skating now that these skaters are becoming injured to accomplish the impossible? Really in the end is it worth it? The new marking system seems complicated to me and almost too demanding for these skaters. Give me the good old days complete with figures and yes the now defunct 6.0 system. I would rather see healthy skaters than injured skaters.
Just my rant for the Worlds 2005.