My point is that a country's No. 2 can overtake its No. 1; D/W didn't have to wait for Belbin/Agosto to retire. The same can happen for R/T and I/K if they improve and B/S stagnate. But it's too early to know which teams are on the upswing and which are headed down. One bad competition doesn't mean a team will skate badly for the rest of the season.
I think Nationals start on the 24th.