The least surprised person in the building was Trenary, who had the difficult task of skating next. "I had such faith in her ability that I had prepared myself for those sixes," she said. The crowd quieted, the music began and a very different performance emerged—gutsy, yet polished and graceful. It wasn't perfect. Trenary had two less-than-graceful landings, one of them on a triple Salchow, but she pulled off four other, perfect triples, and most important, she attempted every element in her program. There was no holding back this time. It may have been Ito who best described Trenary's performance when she said, through a translator, "If I fail in my jumps, there's not much left. But with Jill you could take a picture of any moment and there is something happening."
Ito, who won both the short and the long programs, knew she had been beaten for the gold before Trenary's marks came up on the screen, and she turned away from the endboards in tears. Had Ito finished ninth in the compulsory figures instead of 10th, she would have won the world title.