It all depends on what you mean by "not normal". Some may already be familiar with my story but I will repost for those that are not.
I had Lucy's elbows xrayed shortly after she was two years old and sent them into OFA. I was crushed when the report came back "Bilateral Grade 1 - Degenerative Joint Disease". After doing a lot of research and talking to breeders that are much more experienced than I there seemed to be a VERY gray area with OFA and elbows. I was made aware of numerous instances that upon resubmission of new xrays dogs that had elbows not clear initially did pass on a retake. So I had the xrays redone and resubmitted. And OFA gave the new xrays the same diagnosis. The people and vets that looked at the xrays were not able to see why OFA was not passing them. I then decided to have the xrays read by another qualified expert. I sent the exact films that were submitted to OFA to OVC. The OVC said that both elbows were clear and showed no signs of DJD. So after a lot of thought Lucy was bred. I did my best to try and be sure that the dog she was bred to and the dogs behind him showed no evidence of ED.
So from the one litter that Lucy whelped one of her sons was also diagnosed by OFA with "Bilateral Grade 1 - DJD". We immediately sent these exact rays to OVC and you guessed it, OVC said both his elbows were clear with no signs of DJD.
Neither Lucy nor her son have ever showed any sign of any lameness. Lucy will be 9 years old this weekend and as you can see by her titles she has never been a couch potato nor coddled.
Do I believe that elbows need to be submitted for clearances? Absolutely, without any question they should. Do I believe that at this time it is a black and white area? Of course not. But we do know that elbows have become a problem in the breed and how devastating a disease it can be for both the dog and the family. For this reason it is even MORE important to do them so the "experts" can truly understand what it is and what it is not. To just say "I'll do elbows once they know what they are actually looking at" is foolish and and problematic in my opinion. Kind of along the line "if your are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem".
Probably a "little" more than you were asking for Barb!
PS - I checked off 1-5 done with more than 1 abnormal. As I believe most people look at both dogs as having not cleared.