Is ice dancing on the decline these days though? For me, at least, it's actually become a way more exciting discipline since the rule changes (and I feel like people at least know of the existence of ice dancing these days, at least in the U.S.). I see and respect it more as a sport now, whereas pre-2006 I did (don't kill me) see it more or less as a "glorified beauty pageant where the results are pre-determined." In any case, I especially don't see that last part being true these days, since ice dancing results were clearly more pre-determined before COP. Maybe it's a case of losing some older fans and gaining new ones so it evens out? I otherwise agree with you - the best skate of the day should win, and it's too early at this point to predict. Actually these two teams are so close to each other I really don't think there is a "right time" to predict. One little bobble from one team may well be the deciding factor at the Olympics.