Ito getting older? She was just 2 years older than Kristi. Kristi was 19, so Ito must have been 21 at that time. That's hardly 'old' even for a singles skater. Ito's problem was injuries at that point, but she was still the favorite for the 92 Olympics. Kristi's plan was really for the 94 OGM, but the 91 worlds title fell into her lap due to Ito's injury and the 92 OGM due to the Japanese press destroying their own hope for the OGM.