U&Z are two time Olympic medalists, 1993 world champions and 4 time world medalists, an impressive tally by any definition. That being said U&Z are one of those teams where their medal count never really matched their level of talent, they just had the unfortunate luck of skating during a peak period in ice dance, but also against three of the greatest teams of all time-K&P, G&P, and T&D. In 1987-1988 B&B and K&P were unquestionably the number 1 & 2 team in the USSR and in the world, and U&Z were fighting for the third spot against A&S. A&S placed above them at both Soviet Nationals and Europeans and earned the third spot at the Olympics. The overcame A&S the following year, only to have to deal with the emergence of the Duchesnays during their creative peak, with their well regarded and iconic "Missing" program. At the 1991 World championships they had a gorgeous OD to "Summertime"-one of the best Original Dances of all time, IMO, and an an absolutely sublime free dance, but when it came down to ordinals and scoring, U&Z, who probably should of won that competition dropped down to third place. The next year they placed 3rd at the Olympics (I would of had them 2nd, with G&P in 3rd). With the retirement of K&P and D&D, U&Z were looking to finally cement their position as the number one ice dance team in the World. They won at Worlds, but G&P provided very tough competition. (While I'm very happy U&Z won, and think their routine was certainly gold medal worthy, I can fully understand the argument for placing G&P in first and thought their routine was both more difficult and on a personal level, liked it a little bit more than U&Z's great FD). They go into the Olympic year as defending World champions and previous Olympic medalists, only to have to then deal with not only the rapid rise of G&P but the return of the legendary T&D, with of course G&P overtaking them for the gold medal at the Olympics.