I really don't feel that sorry for the skaters who missed the team or medals because the pros returned this one time. I think this was an unusual situation in which the winter athletes benefitted from having another Olympics only two years after the last Olympics. It's a little unfair to allow skaters a chance to win an Olympic medal only two years after the last Olympics while the summer athletes still had to wait four years. Why not throw something in to make the competition more interesting for this unprecedented time?
Of course, the other side of the argument is that by having it two years later, the next chance to compete at the Olympics without the pros would not have been in 1996, but 1998...6 years after Albertville rather than 4.