I realized today that while I had watched Kadavy and Witt on YouTube several times, I had never taken the time to actually assess the top 6's free skates from a judging standpoint. I always thought Katarina was the clear winner over Thomas, and Caryn the clear bronze medalist; but, after re-watching, I think there is definitely a case for giving Kadavy the win- she had the most difficult jumping program (planned and executed) and her artistic strength doesn't need much justification. She popped her toe, of course, but the two loops were fabulous whereas Thomas two-footed hers. Witt was on par technically, with an extra triple but easier set/entrances.
Either way, it was a great competition all around, and I think there is case to be made for any mix of the top skaters. What do you think the long program, and overall, results should have been? Did Katarina earn her 3rd world title by landing that gutsy triple loop? Was Kadavy a double axel away from stealing it away? Or, was there another skater (a la Ito 1988) who should have taken it all?
Sorry if the links don't work; I am trying to share from my iPad. But, for the record, I would go:
1. Kadavy: 5.8/5.9 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylUfP...e_gdata_player
2. Witt: 5.8/5.8 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLiJl...e_gdata_player
3. Thomas: 5.7/5.8 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyYSt...e_gdata_player
Sad that this was Kadavy's last shot at international success. She should have been much higher after the SP in Calgary, but had to withdraw regardless, and then really underperformed at 1988 Worlds. She was stronger technically and artistically compared to Trenary, and with her great skating as a professional, there's no reason to think she couldn't have had a similar (or even more successful) path of World medals and titles.