You completely missed my point. Russian skating is a meat factory. There is no loyalty to anyone. Nobody says B/K "should" have it or deserve it. Russian Fed, the way it operates these days, would have no loyalty to Gordeeva & Grinkov at the height of their careers. Knowing reality, B/K must be nervous about being pushed out of Russia's #1 pair position by the rising challengers. Thus the reaction to winning the competition. In their minds, I am sure it was a must win.Why should they have "loyalty" as such? Last year B/K were allowed to beat T/M when the latter made mistakes, now M/G have been allowed to beat B/K when they don't skate clean. If loyalty means protocol judging then B/K would still be stuck at #2. Actually I think they are the federation's favorite but can't say for sure because we've never seen them all clean in the same competition.