Ok, I'm going to admit to being a pretty bad ice dancing fan and say that I just recently discovered that there was another no. 1 French team with admirable world standing before Anissina/Peizerat (and after the Duschenays).
I never even heard of Moniotte/Lavanchy until I looked up results for the 1997 World Championships and watched the final flight of Lilehammer.
My question is that how can a team who were 5th at the 1994 Olympics, 2nd at those Worlds, 3rd at Worlds the year after, then 4th (over Anissina/Peizerat) in 1997 plummet all the way down to 11th at the next year's Olympics. There was no COP to account for the plummeting, so it must have taken a lot for them to fall so hard under 6.0.
Did injuries and whatnot really affect their skating that badly in one year that the judges had no choice but to place them so low or did politics play a big role?
I haven't been able to find videos of their Nagano performance so I can't visually compare them in 1998 to them in 1997.
I'm seriously curious about this.
I also like to know what the general consensus on this team is. Do people just view them as a transitional team that had success while better teams were developing then peaked correctly for Nagano or do people really think they had the goods to medal in Nagano? Their style seemed a lot more ballroom in nature than say Anissina/Peizerat and Grishuk/Platov and they seemed more into that style than venturing out. I wonder if their style hurt their reputation among ice dance enthusiasts when they are personally ranking memorable ice dance teams.
I also read that Sophie Moniotte certainly believed that politics killed her and Lavancy's chances in Nagano and gave up the sport in disgust. She didn't have kind words for Anissina/Peizerat.