Wow, Jenny Kirk went through such a tough time at such a young age and is still working through it. She is very courageous to keep writing with such honesty. Imagine being so young and already talking about a "career" that fell short of her ultimate goal. Most of the people I know from my ballet years just shoved the past out of mind and tried to forget about it once they walked away. I know that for a while it was hard for me to attend a ballet performance. Now, I'm totally over it and I love watching dance and I am very appreciative of what I learned from it. But I admire Jenny for looking back at her career and her difficulties so unflinchingly. She seems so bright and motivated and constantly in search of wisdom and truth. A good future lies before her, I hope.
All athletes have to stay in shape, of course, but the simple truth is that some body types will only get you so far no matter how much you train. And I'm not really talking about shape. That can be important for some skills of course but you also just have to be naturally athletic, whether your are naturally thin or not. It can be pretty hard for a young person to accept.
In Jenny's case, of course, she actually WAS made for figure skating. Every skater has strengths and weaknesses but if you look at it from a broad perspective she had a brilliant skating career. How many skaters wouldn't LOVE to be able to say they were national medalists and Four Continents champions and Junior World champions and whatever else she did. She wasn't just some mediocre, so what skater. But of course, it's all relative and once you get to a certain point in your career it's natural to strive for the very top, I suppose. It's too bad that she had coach who would get all worked up if she fell during a warm up even when that coach should be able to see how hard she was working. It's one thing to get angry at a skater who isn't putting in the work but to get annoyed at mistakes that are bound to happen to the best of champions seems pointless. Of course, you can't brush it aside but a mature coach should be able to say "ok, here is what you did wrong, try this, keep trying" without getting mad and childish about it.