One thing about Sumners's amateur career which always puzzled me was how she was held way back by doing so very poorly in figures in 1981 and 1982. 11th in figures at the 82 Worlds, 5th in figures when she won her first Nationals in 1982, 8th in figures at Skate Canada in 1980 and 1981. Yet suddenly starting in 1983 she began winning figures at every event until the conclusion of her career. It was the only reason she still very nearly won the 84 Olympics with very subpar performances (for her) in both the short and long programs, and it helped her to her easy win at the 83 Worlds, etc... What changed so dramatically and so fast that she went from apparently a horrendous figures skater to being unbeatable in the figures. Much has been made about how Witt's figures placings shot up drastically from 83 to 84, but this seems like an even more drastic change.