http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31-yn9XYq0k (start at about 9:00 for Witt)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GQws... final figure)
Witt was definitely propped up in figures. Many were suspicious of her rise from 8th in figures at the 83 Worlds to 3rd at the 84 Olympics, which allowed her to ultimately beat out reigning World Champion Sumners for the gold medal with strong free skating performances. One year later Tiffany Chin moved from 12th in figures at the 84 Olympics (which kept her out of the medals despite many thinking she was the best skater there) to 2nd at the 85 Worlds (now U.S #1 with Sumners retirement and stating herself in a recent TSL she didnt feel her figures had improved at all from 84). Politics were huge in the placements of figures, and I am pretty sure if Witt wasnt Witt she would have found herself way down, or if Ito were already a World and Olympic Champion she would have been proped up and placed top 5 on a regular basis in figures.