Kazakova & Dmitriev
Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
Shen & Zhao
Totmianina & Marinin
Pang & Tong
Savchenko & Szolkowy
Wow Shen & Zhou are sure lucky they didnt face peak S&S. For the record I am not even a S&Z fan. Fact is S&S even in their peaks years were having trouble beating teams like P&T and Z&Z who none of the greats, including even the much vilified T&M had any problem whatsoever beating everytime they met. Fact is S&S have never been on top except when there was no great teams to face.
In 2009-2010 S/Z were also given scores remarkably higher than what they deserved especially at the Olympics sp and fs. P/T really messed up in the short and it's too bad because it cost them an Olympic gold.
Not to mention Ingo Steuer wasn't going to win coach of the year by setting his team back 6 months in an Olympic year by making them re-learn a new long program after one meltdown at TEB. They just could have put it behind them and move on with it and instead of trying the new "Out of Africa"
I know it was a favorite of many but it also put most of their competitors six months ahead as far as being comfortable with the program, that's really important as far as I'm concerned was his biggest mistake as a coach.
T&M have amazing quality in their elements and the quintessential Russian elegance. They always performed well and delivered triple salchows too. I remember their amazing Ave Maria SP at Worlds in 2005, which was performed to perfection and 'cast a spell' as Peggy Fleming said. IMO that performance was one of the best World SPs of the decade. On the other hand, their 2006 Olympic FP was hardly memorable.
I think P/T were seriously undermarked in the short, and should have won overall - it was never going to happen though.
I never got the fuss over S/Z. They were very good but I can't see the 'magic' everyone else seems to.
I liked Totmianina and Marinin which seems to be an even more unpopular thing to say.
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