Gordeeva/Grinkov, they were the team that made me become obsessed with skating... it was 1986 in Geneva and they were faster and did bigger tricks than anyone else, with incredible unison despite the height difference. I think one would have to watch entire competitions from those days to truly understand why this team was so different. My favourite amateur years for them were 1988 and 1989. The olympics in 1988, they would have been ahead like how yuzu was in GPF 2016. The worlds in 1989 was another example of blowing away the competition. Everyone talks about olympics 1994, but for me that was not them at their best. Europeans and SC were better.
For those newer pairs watchers who think their twist is different than those of today, you are right Back then, triple twists were basically splits on the way up and then vertical twists in the air. Theirs was massive for the times. Canadians Brasseur/Eisler were the team that brought horizontal twists into fashion. Today's horizontal looks so messy to me, but many things look messy to me in pairs now, lol. The man, when catching the lady in a split twist , should be on one foot....very few do this properly now. Their throws were also considered text book throws. In 1994 they beat M/D by a tiny margin, despite mistakes, and one reason that was brought up was that in doing throws properly, the man should not come to a stop when he throws her... Sergei never stopped, while Artur Dmitriev did. Many pairs now come to stops when they throw.... it allows a huge throw. So, technique has changed a lot so pairs is very different.
I remember that when China was first developing pairs, back in early 90s, G/G videos were shown as their technique was considered absolutely perfect. Now China has no need of those videos as they have developed their own pairs with their own style, technique, and great success.