During the 6.0 era, there was a lot being said about the skate order. Many skaters in the past did not want the first spot after the warmup (unless you were Ilia Kulik or Brian Boitano, who liked to set the bar, and set it high). However, a factor that seemed to be ignored in discussions, but seemed to have some sort of effect on scoring of some of the best performances were the skaters right before them. In 1998, Tara really needed the performance of her life that night; if she had been the second skater right after Michelle, would she have received the same marks? She was the penultimate skater, and she followed Bonaly, who fell on a triple salchow, doubled the loop, and threw in the backflip.
My question is-- does a bad performance by the previous skater affect the way judges score the next performance (under any system)? Or was this a purely 6.0 phenomenon?