I always thought there was some justification for giving Fumie a bronze (or even silver) in the Turino games. Slutskaya skated stiff and scared until she fell on the 3loop, and by then half her program was over (even her first 2 jump elements had wonky landings). I'll admit, she wasn't my fav and I really didn't think she ever pulled off the 'sexy latina', even when she was skating well. Cohen off course botched her 1st two jumping passes as well.
Fumie skated essentially clean and sold her programs, landed similar content to Shizuka. Yet her countryman and rival, who had already usurped her as the #1 Japanese lady, now would go home with a gold medal while she was medaless. I wonder if Fumie had taken home a medal, would she have been satisfied with her career and retired? We probably wouldn't have this thread six years later.
Maybe I'm just trying to tie the major Turino thread drift back to Fumie.