Here in the northeast part of the US when I was growing up this was called "trash talking" the competition and it still is. This is part of so many sports and it's part of figure skating too. Trash talking boosts up the confidence of the trash talking team (or country or federation or students or whatever group you're speaking for); the trash talker tries to put the competition in a bad light and put his/her group in a good light. Mostly, it's a 'we're puffing ourselves up, especially when we're losing' strategy and that's what it is here. Lots of hot air to demonstrate that no one intends to just give up the podium to the current champions. Okay - you're still trying, we get it. Doesn't mean much in substance and if they could do better than D/W or V/M then they'd speak with their skates -but they can't, at least not at this point, so we get the words. Nothing new here - same old trash talking, nothing more. My preference - don't say it, skate it.