Honestly, can someone give me a basic rundown on how to differentiate footwork levels? I mean obviously we can tell that post-COP footwork sequences are more labored and and the skater is flailing in every direction. Apparently one-foot-skating and multi-directional skating are important factors in showing "difficulty", but I still can't truly differentiate between what makes something level 2 vs level 3 or rarest of all, level 4! I remember during the 2005 world championships (the first world championship under COP) most of the top ladies skaters had level 2 footwork sequences, but only a year later at the 06 olympics most of their footwork had been upgraded to level 3's...and yet i can't tell much of a difference in terms of difficulty from their footwork a year earlier! am I blind? Is it just that the more frantic a footwork sequence is the better? And it must have some kind of illusion spin in it? Also, unlike GOE where I assume they take an average of the judges' marks, how do they come to a consensus on a skater's levels? (This is a really basic question but yes, I am that clueless). I'm trying to really come to terms with IJS and understand it but reading the Wikipedia article from top to bottom still doesn't explain half of it for me.