Natural talent vs Work Ethic
Some of the most naturally gifted skaters aren't always the most discipline. Yet, other skaters who aren't as naturally gifted are more disciplined, so are more consistency. Of course, this isn't always the case. There are definitely skaters who are both disciplined and gifted, like Patrick Chan, Yu-Na Kim etc.
What are your thoughts?
Well, right out of the gate, let's reframe the question: "How far can you get on natural talent alone?" Because most everyone who wins a World or Olympic medal is naturally talented. The Work Ethic is the thing that will separate them (working on the Physical AND Mental aspect. For some, being trained and KNOWING they can do it given them that natural mental fortitude, while others need to work on mental aspects along with the physical training. THe people with the natural mental aspect are usually called "closers," as in they close the door and don't give any chances.)
You can get pretty far on natural talent... but you're probably NOT going to win anything big without Work Ethic. The biggest example of using Work Ethic to bolster someone who wasn't as naturally talented at the most talents skaters would be Evan. Evan worked for everything he got. I may hate his skating, but no one can accuse him of being lazy. In the same vein, Johnny was SUPREMELY talented, yet we would hear of his "lackluster" discipline and training. However, when Johnny put the work in, he was great.