I much prefer LADIES on the GP-not prepubescent girls.
It's unfair for a lady of 21 to compete with a string bean that hasn't hit puberty yet. I wouldn't mind an age of 16 and up.
The 14 y/o's can do the JGP.I think it's good there is an age limit. If they are meant to skate with the ladies, they'll skate with the ladies.I think it's good to make them wait until they are 15 just like at Worlds and the Olympics. If they are that good they can wait another year and if puberty gets them well that's how it goes. I for one as glad not to see 4'7 65lbs little girls on the Senior GP.If figure skating is such a physically peculiar sport, wouldn't it be logical and fair for athletes and fans to create two different disciplines then:Because they have the frigging JUNIOR GRAND PRIX for a reason? What next, are you going to start whinging that the minimum age of 13 for the JGP is totally cruel and it should be lowered to 10 so the baby Russian jumping beans can go on it?
- adult figure skating (with age+ limit) for viewers who like watching grown-up skaters only, irked by "jumping beans",
- open figure skating (without age limits) for viewers who like watching simply the best skaters, no matter if 12 or 30yo?
(Of course plus strict monitoring and life-long ban for every coach/school/fed proved messing with children growth/health issues)
Junior competitions could stay the same as they are.
Everybody's happy and live happily ever after, right?