I've had a number of long discussions with my skating friends about the dearth of US Ladies who have recently been relatively successful internationally. I know that there are a number of contributing factors including the financial burdens of mounting and sustaining a career, and the downturn in the economy. However, IMHO, I believe that Title IX legislations which has bolstered such sports as soccer, ice hockey, volleyball, etc. and contributed to the provision of college scholarships has had the biggest impact on girls' selection of sports in which they decide to concentrate. That has been a big blow to figure skating. It's even more attractive for skaters to pursue synchronized skating than singles, pairs or dance because of the scholarship potential. Of course, it doesn't help when sports and major networks chose to show hot dog eating contests and poker over skating. Anyone have any thoughts/opinions about this?