Two of the judges placed Wylie first. However, the consensus—such as it was, for the judging was all over the map throughout the evening—had him second, behind Petrenko. Barna, who cleanly landed the only quadruple jump of the competition but immediately ran out of steam, took the bronze. Meanwhile Bowman, landing seven of eight triple jumps, gained ground to wind up fourth.
Not that Wylie was complaining. After years of watching others reap the glory, he was thrilled to be anywhere on the medal platform. Heck, he'd been thrilled just to skate in the same group with Petrenko and Browning. Accepting his medal, he waved to the crowd and then spotted the Harvard banner being unfurled by Brunner and his parents. "Do you believe this?" he mouthed. Then holding aloft a rose, Wylie blew them a kiss.
"Did you see that?" someone in the family said. "He blew us a kiss."
Brunner beamed. "But I caught it," she said.