ETA: Awful Typo in the thread title (Should have been 'Pros'; not 'Progs') Can the admin please fix it? Here is the original thread: The pros were allowed to return to eligible competition just once in the entire history of figure skating. How unlucky do you have to be to miss the podium in that year? Had the pros not returned in 94, here is my guess. Men - No change. The pros made mistakes and were not in medal contention entering the free skate. Ladies- No change. Katarina Witt was not technically competitive and even she knew it, entering the Olympic games. She finished a respectable 5th (or 6th) place, but with a flawed LP that should have been a beautiful work of art (but not strong enough technically to medal). Pairs: This gets interesting. Without G&G and M&D, the favorites would have been B&E as the reigning world champions. However, the pressure would have gotten to them, IMO and Shishkova-Naumov would have beaten them for the OGM. If S&N feel bitter about the pros return to competition, it's understandable. The worst S&N would have done was an Olympic silver. They did not even win the bronze. So who would have won the bronze if S&N and B&E had finished 1-2? Meno & Sand? Zagorska- Siudek? #3 Russian pair (whoever that might have been)? Someone else? Ice dance: Without T&D's presence, U&Z would have been less nervous. IMO they might have eeked out a win over G&P. However, G&P were getting a lot of love from the judges in the CD's. May be they would have still beaten U&Z? Krylova-Federova may have won the bronze, or may be one of the European dance teams? Moniotte-Lavanchy were too new to the scene, so I don't think they would have.