As someone who became a skating fan after the elimination of figures, I've often wondered how objective the judging process was regarding them back in the day.
We all know about the extensive history figure skating has had with politicking and shady when it comes to judging SPs and LPs, but how much did that factor into compulsory placement?
How much was quantitative, how much qualitative?
Was it simply a matter of making the right mark on the ice or not, or the correct shape or not? Or was there a lot of subjective nuance between figures to play with and potentially hold up certain skaters over others?