I do look at the other skaters and I think they are weak. I also dont think it was a case of Michelle being too good as the rare periods she faced someone who was even any good like Tara in 97-98 and Irina in 2001-2002 she often lost. Apart from that everyone she faced was quite mediocre and unthreatening though. Mao did a good job exposing the Kwan era skaters when as an underaged developing skater who only had her technical at that point, but not her later artistic skills, and not the reputation she would later have to get fair marks, she went a combined 6-1 vs Slutskaya, Cohen, Arakawa in the 2005-2006 season and is still referred to as the uncrowned 2006 Olympic winner. Mao isnt even the best skater of her own era though.