Today I found this:
The Biometrics of Skating and Rotating
I think it's a useful information resource because it's a physics page using figure skating to explain certain physics principles, such as projectile motion. It's not a skating page. It's written clearly with simple, helpful videos, and there are tips for what to focus on in the videos so as to track the physics principle in action.
It seems to me that the ISU is not just not brain trusts, but it's not a bunch of physics experts either. Which - fine.
Except, when assigning a level of difficulty to an ice dance element, it might help if you understand whether or not the "feature" that you say adds difficulty actually DOES add difficulty. Rather than, say, it turning out that the feature assists both rotational momentum and projectile motion (horizontal).
It also helps if you understand the physics of say, another element, well enough to recognize that doing it requires superior skating skills.
But the ISU doesn't need no stinking physics. I bet most physicists have never skated at a high level themselves.
I was also reading some old articles on Sanda Loosemore's old skating web page. An article on CoP:
Statistical analysis of CoP in action
is still relevant years on. The ISU designed a statistics-based scoring system without really understanding statistics, nor do the judges employ statistics rationally.
I, personally, think the 6.0 system was a little too Scott Hamilton-ey, but if you're going to assign values to elements you have to be good at making distinctions, and judges suck at it. At least in practice, they've shown themselves to suck.
But of course, figure skating pr is going to continue to turn the problem with the sport onto the fans. We don't get that it's so so hard. We don't feel like we know the figure skaters personally. It's a real sport!
P.S. - it's so strange that Debbi Wilkes failed to check a page like the jumping and rotational physics page before announcing how figure skating feats compared to the feats executed by "real' athletes. Due respect, turns out even the tallest, strongest male singles skaters don't 'jump higher than basketball players". They jump just about high enough to dunk a basket - if they're really, really high.