Apparently she didn't congratulate them for losing, but for winning bronze. Though it probably meant the same for them.But when G&P won the gold at the Olympics and T&D won the bronze, she apparently said to them 'congratulations for losing'.
Dick Button: Certainly not the Carmen we're used to....you'll notice also that there is an extreme expressiveness, on her part in particular.
Terry Gannon: Does it work for you?
Dick Button: No. I find her absolutely beautiful and fascinating, but as one newspaper said, her expressiveness will reach the 70th row of the arena, unfortunately there are only 30 rows in it.
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
Maybe Natalia was genuinely congratulating T&D on their bronze. After all she last time she was in the Olympics with them in some vacinity they were 5th. It might be stupid, but her intentions might have been good. She often seems clueless when choreographing her teams, so who is to say she is always "all there".
It's definitely debatable in terms of whether she's all there or not. Illegalities are such an issue with so many of her students programs that it's incredible! She's either clueless or didn't care and broke the rules anyways. She got away with it most of the time too except for Denkova & Staviski's 2 extended lifts at the 2006 Olympics.
"Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility." - Ambrose Bierce
Yes, it was very close. And I don't think that actually that many viewers found G&P so superior. Of course some did. But many more probably didn't. But anyway to be sure of that some statistical research should be doneSo why do so many fans assert that it was obvious that G&P were so superior??? Of course, it's possible that the ordinals might have been different without any possible deductions. Then again, who knows if some of the judges even took any?