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I think both Polina and Julia have some physical growth coming. Polina is awkwardly long limbed at this point and is going to grow into her arms and legs and feet eventually. Julia has no curves whatsoever (and if you thought they were hidden by the fit of her costume, go look at the pic Polina posted with her on Twitter). Her chest looks like an 11 year old. Yes, some women are very small breasted (believe me, I am personally aware). But by the end of puberty, we all have some sort of breasts. It appears Julia has some puberty to come yet. And any skating fans that don't know that physical changes can derail or delay a career have clearly not been paying attention.
Originally Posted by noskates
One only has to look at Kanako Murakami. I just posted this video from 2010 on her fan thread -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz8Hw5pbwhs
Originally Posted by louisa05
In 2010, she won Skate America, got bronzes at NHK Trophy and GPF and a respectable 8th place at Worlds. The following year she started growing. Eventually she came into her own, but there were definitely some bumps along the way.
Also consider that Kanako was older than both Polina and Julia -- almost 16 at the start of the 2010-2011 senior when she debuted -- her growth came when she was 16 going on 17. (Sound of Music pun!)
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