The story I heard (and who knows what's true) is that she really wanted to get rid of them after 95-96 because she wanted to lead K/O to gold. She talked about leading them to gold as early as 95. And after the 96 Worlds, she basically left them on their own. When asked why Linichuk would do such a terrible thing, her old coach Elena Chaikovskaya (who ironically became G/P's advisor in 97 and 98) said that G/P could be 10 time world and Olympic champion and it wouldn't matter because they were a team put together by another trainer (Dubova). I had also once read that at the 97 European, the Russian skating federation had released some sort of statement that Linichuk had done everything possible to push G/P into the professional ranks and basically left them in the cold. But like I said, I'm not 100 percent sure as to what's true and not true.