Do you honestly think any of those skaters would have come back or continued after Plushy through his hat in the ring? Without someone acknowledged as a true rival, the gold would have been his. But COP let the men feel that they had a chance. THAT is why there was so much depth at the Olympics, and a US men's nationals, imo. Under 6.0, judges could "retire" you. Now this power has been cut almost in 1/2. That's a good thing.