I don't remember that a judge actually came out and said that he/she consciously marked Michelle down, but there was a lot of criticism in high places when Michelle began the Olympic season (2001-02) with the fourth reincarnation of East of Eden still in place as her short program. She skated this in her Grand Prix events (Skate America and Skate Canada), but without the same sizzle that we expected from that program.
So she dropped it at the end of the season and went with Rach instead. This was good enough to claim the lead after the SP in Salt Lake City (just barely, over Irina, by a 5-4 split). But somehow, "you can't go home again." Rach, too, as fine a program as it was, was not as fresh in 2002 as it had been in 1998, when Peggy Fleming called it the most perfectly constructed short program of all time.