I think another factor is when a young girl comes on to the stage, and they're fresh off the juniors, the expectations aren't there, so everything comes easily and naturally. She has a lot of success. Then with success, there are the expectations that naturally follow, and along with that her body inevitably changes so her timing is off and she has to adjust, and struggles as a result. People wonder "What happened?" and now it seems, they give up and move on to the next fresh skater. That has to be disheartening. What happened is she is growing and maturing, and is also learning to deal with the expectations. If she develops a more athletic type of body there's the criticism that she's too heavy, which can be very damaging and can lead to eating disorders. It's like landmine for skaters sometimes, but women especially. A skater with good technique just has to readjust slightly but can still rely on her basic skills.
On the Ice
It's weird to think about, but how many successful young girls this season will still be as successful in two years time? Look what happened to poor Elizaveta Tuktamisheva In 2011 I would have pinned her as a podium threat for Sochi. Now, she's on the verge of not making the team. Although I love all of them, I can't help but wonder what will happen to skaters like Polina Edmunds, Elena Radionova, and Julia Lipnitskaia... How many girls will still be around come 2015?
Although, I do think that even if these skaters do grow and it changes their technique, they can still rebound, but it takes a LOT of willpower and determination. It's tough to go to the rink and constantly be falling on jumps that you could do in your sleep 9 months ago.
Isn't this why Kimmie ultimately quit? I heard that she was training one day, fell on a number of triple flips in a session, and then called it quits. Not sure if this is entirely true, but I can imagine it would be so frustrating.
Tripping on the Podium