No one contests that it is hard - I am an adult skater too and I know how hard every tiny little thing is. The question is if they belong in international competitions or if they embarrass themselves somehow and should have gone to Adult competitions.
To tell the truth - just to know how much is possible with endless money and coaching time - I am very glad to see what a skater can achieve at a maximum if they start this late. It is just interesting.
But I doubt that he wanted to be a guinea pig.