Its seem to me that the men's discapline is skewing older; lot of the top 12 skaters are older than 24 and few have already hit 27 and is still talking about continue; Is this because COP or lack of pro circuit or has it always been this way. I know in other main stream sports athletes continue til the mid thirties; but that just always seemed impossible with figure skating; but now there are so many differents ways to score points and win; you don't have beat up your body with massive jumps to win.