It was CBS. If you haven't seen CBS's coverage of the Pre-Olympic NHK event, do so. It was basically a test run of their Olympic coverage; some block judging accusations mixed with some Grishuk bashing. Part 1, 2, 3. Part one has a cool sbs view of G&P and B&K doing the Quickstep CD. Besides the better unison, posture, closeness, it only takes G&P four pushes to get to full speed off the start to B&K's seven. Funny how the USA judge being the only judge to put B&K ahead of G&P in the CD and FD isn't made a big deal of. This FD is questionable enough, but the CD is just ridiculous. Even Tracy had to admit G&P were better. Where's that investigation?Wilson, thanks to her position as the main US TV commentator for ice dance, minimized Grishuk and Platov at pretty much every televised major competition until 1998. I can't remember whether it was NBC or ABC that did the fluff pieces, but basically they did not let any opportunity pass by without suggesting that Grishuk was crazy/a slut/emotionally disturbed and Platov couldn't stand up on ice.
I always thought Wilson projected herself onto B&K and saw 1998 as a repeat of 1988, with G&P and K&O being in the B&B and K&P roles. When it appeared that B&K might not even get a medal, I think that sent her off the deep end. If some judges got suspended in 1993 for apparently no reason other than supporting G&P, Wilson probably felt empowered to at least try to tarnish G&P's win as much as she could if she couldn't actually prevent their win from happening. She had quite the platform to do so.
Like I said in the 1992 Worlds thread, I'm interested in the Dubova connection. She was always the first person Wilson would run to for comments and CBS really gave her a face on US tv. G&P's troubles in 93 came right after they left her for Linichuk.
Also, the NHK broadcast was was my first glimpse of Delobel and Schoenfelder, or as Tracy refereed to them, "the French team". She tries to suggest they are beneficiary of bad judging based on a 5 second clip, but I remember Robinson and Breen, and and they were *not good* and their programs were simple as hell. They were only 5th that year at Nationals and that was back when we had no one other than P&S. So f*ck off, Tracy.