Right - I was agreeing that I had not mentioned S&N. What I was trying to add on was that both Shishkova AND Naumov had great posture. Sorry if confusing...You mentioned K &N Kovatikova Novotny;I did not see S&N Shishkova Naumov
But that's different from thinking they were undermarked.
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To get back on topic, B&E were not underrated at all. They won the silver at the 1990 worlds but were not really as good as M&D and even a clean B&P. The 92 Oly results reflected that. When B&E made mistakes, they were rightly marked down, but not enough. K&N should have placed higher, even with a fall in the LP.
Brasseur & Eisler were always considered above Becke & Petrov as amateurs. Had Brasseur & Eisler skated even decently they would have easily beaten B&P for the silver atleast. It was only in the pros when B&P began to succeed over B&E.
I don't necessarily disagree with the thought that had Brasseur & Eisler skated relatively cleanly, they would have placed 2nd, but I think that Bechke/Petrov skated better than they ever had at the '92 Olympics, although there had been previous "flashes" of, if not brilliance, what would have been considered excellent, "classic" pairs skating. There probably would have been some debate around the medal placements had B/E skated cleaner (but not perfectly) and eked out the silver ahead of that particular performance of B/P.Brasseur & Eisler were always considered above Becke & Petrov as amateurs. Had Brasseur & Eisler skated even decently they would have easily beaten B&P for the silver atleast. It was only in the pros when B&P began to succeed over B&E.
They werent underrated. The only time I ever thought they were undermarked was the 92 Worlds SP where they should have won the SP phase over M/D. Their LP was again disaesterous and overscored though, deserving only 4th or 5th but being gifted the bronze ala the Olympics. At the 1990 Worlds they probably should have beaten G/G in the LP, but probably also should have been behind one or both of Selezneva & Makarov and/or Miskutienok & Dmitriev. At the 1994 Olympics their LP marks were a bit low, but so were S/N, and S/N maybe deserved to beat them but didnt, although it was close. At the 94 Worlds their marks were again generous for how they skated, although she showed huge bravery with a bad injury. At the 91 Worlds they were overmarked and lucky to come as close to winning as they did, but that was expected as after their home cook aided silver at the 1990 Worlds they were favored going into the event and the sport was even more political and protocal heavy then than it is now.
Anyone who can afford figure skating lessons is far from 'trailer park trash' which is an absolutely appalling thing to say about anyone. As I said, I saw B&E skate and compete and they were both fast and smooth. The 1992 Olympics was without a doubt their worst competition and they were fortunate to win a bronze medal. They skated much better in 1994 even with Isabelle skating with cracked ribs. M&D were one of my favourite teams, but they deliberately placed their throws so that her two-footed landings would be hidden from the judges, and when K&N did win a world title it was with an error filled free skate.
I don't know if their score were ever correct or not but I really enjoyed them, far more than some of the top teams.