One of the my greatest pleasure as a skating fan was falling in love with two children who were Canadian Novice Ice Dance Champions and watching them grow up on the ice to go on and become Olympic Gold Medalists and World Champions so I understand the excitement. Throughout this incredible journey, I was careful to keep my expectations low, so as not to be disappointed, and to enjoy watching them progress. In their first season, I thought they might be able to sneak into the top 10 at Worlds. They were 6th. In their second season, I thought they could contend for a medal, but 4th was likely. They were 2nd. The year of Tessa's surgery, I expected nothing for them. They were 3rd. The only time I went out on a limb in regards to V&M was predicting they would win the OGM AFTER seeing the debut of their LP at Thornhill. But everyone who was in the building that day was essentially saying the same thing, so I was hardly alone. I strongly believe that is it better to be pleasantly surprised at how well things are going than disappointed that my expectations haven't been met. Going back to my example of Sasha Cohen: a lot of people are disappointed she didn't do more. Being a World and Olympic silver medalist, and US Champion were great achievements, but those accomplishments pale when you look at all that was expected/predicted for her: OGM, multiple World Championships, first woman to land a quad. It's hard to enjoy the journey if your skater/team fall short of the destination.