The “what if…” thread on K&O’s retirement had me thinking about T&D and their comeback in 1994. What if instead of coming back, they had stayed eligible for all those years? Would they have built on their incredible success with Bolero, or burned out with an additional 10 years of competing? Could they have won 3 Olympic golds? 4?
The 1985-88 quad would have been really interesting. B&B really stepped it up in those years. During T&D’s time they had those folksy programs, but they moved on to Carmen, Rachmaninoff, Cabaret, and Polovetsian Dances which are masterpieces, IMO. Still, I don’t think it would be enough to stave off T&D. T&D would probably have the lead in the CD/OSP and in those days it would be difficult to move up after being slotted second. And as we can see from their pro stuff, T&D were still in their creative prime. Bestemianova was such a diva though and it would’ve been a great fight.
For 1989-1992. K&P were such a great team and I want to say that Air was an unbeatable and perfect FD. But then, the Duschenays were a big challenge to K&P, mainly because of Dean’s choreography. They lacked in the skating skills department, but if T&D had kept those programs for themselves (not so hard to imagine), they probably would have beaten K&P regularly. So we’re potentially looking at T&D winning OGM in 1988 and 1992, and up to 12 World titles (though I believe B&B and K&P would’ve each stolen at least one Worlds).
By 1993-1994 though I believe T&D would’ve begun to slide (it’s incredibly unlikely they would’ve stayed til then anyway). They were past their prime by then, and even the great skaters who decide to overstay their welcome get dumped eventually like the Protopopovs. I guess in that scenario, K&P would stay on to win in 1994. Duschenays would probably never make the podium at all.