Very few Olympic champions are dethroned on their second try. At his third Olympics Boitano--who was a little bit injured and broken--failed to make it back to Gold. He had also been away from eligible competition for six years. Petrenko at his third Olympics-- the same games as Boitano in 1994-- failed to stay atop the podium. It was a disappointment, but since his contemporaries from prior games-- Browning and Boitano--also failed to medal, it seemed to soften the sting. None of the "old timers" did much better than the others.
Now if Virtue and Moir are overtaken in the 2014 Olympics by their closest 2010 Olympic rivals, Davis and White, the story is notably different. It's like a rematch being played, and both teams are considered--at least at this moment--to still be in their primes. What will it mean if Davis and White win? Will they sort of be the ultimate winners? Is this 2014 prize the biggest in a sense?