I always thought that Debi was on the slower side. She skated with muscularity and overt athleticism, but I never really thought of Chin as being much behind her in terms of speed. Plus, Chin was exquisite. It's hard to compare jumps, because after 84, she was only good for usually one or two triples in a LP, but her axel was gorgeous, and with her whole head/muscle imbalance thing it was pointless to compare since Chin was on her way down. The Fassi skaters, Kadavy and Trenary, were faster than Debi from memory. Was there really a feeling of Chin being given more a push than Debi? I seem to recall way back in 1985 that Debi was being given the push. Both were pioneers for their race in the sport and I think the USTA was happy to have both. I'll have to go rewatch 85 Nationals and compare. Chin 85USN LP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgbP4AZE2fg Kadavy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg-9xiwPv6U&feature=related (notice Caryn nose pre-rhinoplasty) Thomas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5ctt2Lkb54 This is how I would have ranked the LPs. Chin had the "It" factor, Kadavy was lovely and graceful, and Debi was a bit behind in her presentation even though she attempted twice the triples. I'm just not seeing how Debi was placed down to favor Chin, "Sasha Cohen" of the 80s. The next year Debi was US and World champ for heaven's sake and Chin was skating as fast as she could to oblivion.