In his book, "Figure Skating's Greatest Stars" (published 2009) Steve Milton has this to say about Grishuk & Platov:
“They were at the epicenter of ice dancing for more than half a decade, but history’s jury has yet to pass full judgment on Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov. Chances are that the sheer weight of their competitive achievements will outlive the raw memories of their volatile reign. “
Almost 16 years since they won their last eligible competition-the 1998 Olympics, what is your assessment of G&P's career and their impact on the sport? How would you compare their impact to other great ice dance teams?
IMO, G&P, along with T&D, K&P and V&M, are the four greatest teams in ice dance from the modern ice dance era. In terms of sheer medal wins, G&P dominated the field unlike any other team since T&D. Do you think this dominance is explained more because G&P were that good of a team, or because the quad that they dominated over was comparatively weaker than other quads? In other words, if G&P had to skate against teams such as V&M, D&W, K&P, A&P while everyone was at the pinnacle of their skating ability, how would G&P fare? (I know G&P skated against K&P and A&P, but G&P were still a relatively up and coming team at the time they competed against K&P, while they same is in reverse for G&P and A&P).