How do you all feel about it?
I know it's an old tradition at US Nationals, but I dislike it intensely. A podium is gold, silver and bronze: I think we all know that. I suppose if a skater has a personal pinnacle of success by placing 4th at US Nationals, it's sort of a nice moment. But for most skaters, standing on that 4th "podium spot" is not a pleasant experience.
To my knowledge, no other country has such a tradition and you certainly don't see it at international events. What's the point?