I've noticed the past 3 pairs champions won their championships mostly in a war
of attrition in the free skate along with solid short programs.
1995 - Novotny & Kovarikova
1996 - Eltsova & Bushkov
1997 - Woetzel & Steuer
Not since Shiskova & Naumov's win in 1994 has the pairs champion skated an
error-free free skate program. It's almost like the judges decided it was each
of these pairs' years so they didn't mark them down accordingly with their
errors. Hopefully next year's Olympic champions will have a great free skate
which is the last impression we have of the event.