I was glad Caryn came into her own as a pro and really had a very successful pro career, winning and placing in many competitions, and gaining the confidence to show off her many amazing qualities.
I wonder how different her career might have been if she won the 86 U.S title. The title was there for her to win, even after Thomas's great skate. That she made several major errors and still took 3 judges off Thomas shows the judges were more than ready to give it to her, along with her short program victory. It really might have given her much more momentum the remainder of that quad.