Interesting. Judgejudy mentioned the same theory upthread. Almost sounds like the two of you... well, nevermind. G/G could have easily won gold in Nagano. That field was the weakest in Olympic competition since at least the 1970s (and possibly further back). It's tough to speculate for many obvious reasons, but in terms of content, I'm not sure whether to assume they would have pushed themselves and included the triples or played it safe with double axels. Had they won 96 and 97 Worlds with 2A's, would the judges have considered 3T's to be of such importance anyway? And, entering the competition having won the previous two Worlds in addition to their earlier success would have certainly given them a bit of a boost in reputation scoring. I think they were more likely to have won with 2A's, as a solid short would have knocked B/S - the only team that could possibly match their quality - out of the top 3, making it easier for G/G to skate to gold in the free. 3T's would've been a greater risk, and they seemed to be at their worst when trying to up their difficulty previously in their career. Regardless, they would've certainly won a medal; the color would have depended on their consistency and whether we are assuming B/S might've performed better with less pressure. I still wish Shishkova/Naumov had competed over E/B. E/B's programs that year were especially trashy, and they were on a downward trajectory technically. S/N never received the respect they deserved. They should have been 3-time World Champions and made the Russian teams well beyond the 1996 season IMO.