They won by a mile at Worlds. Tarasova is a pairs/singles coach. She's not an ice dance authority. She has a certain taste. It's not subtle or nuanced. She's also a politician. I've got a few political opinions. For example, there were times I think D/W got away with murder this season. I think VM got screwed by their own judges at Canadians - the same judges that ridiculously overscored Gilles/Poirier. I think the Shibs got the shaft over and over, not including their own stumble (come to think of it, as one of the top three Canton teams, shouldn't they join VM and head to better coaches?) D/W weren't smooth and pure all season either, they just weren't held accountable. That's not Marina. That's Federations and ISU and the whole figure skating world wanting a close rivalry for commercial reasons, and also wanting to spread the wealth.