Yes they are for sure. IMO the best pair team in history yet nobody recognizes them as even being in the same league as teams like Gordeeva & Grinkov and the other first tier Russian greats these days. I wouldnt be surprised if most even consider teams like Volosozhar & Trankov and Shen & Zhao as greater in history than them now which is crazy. Way underrated by judges, skating fans, and skating experts in the early 2000s too as proven by Sale & Pelletier's MANY undeserved wins over them, the unwarranted controveries over their 98 Olympic silver, 99 world title, 2002 Olympic title which were all justifiable results (even if reasonably debateable), and that spurned by both experts and fans alike. I am glad these days they do seem to get more respect by some hardcore skating fans than used to be, but still nowhere near enough for their amazing talents.