My question is, does someone who did have success in juniors and then went a decade before finding success in seniors count as a late bloomer?
In Galindo's case the question is complicated because he did have a few years of senior pairs success in between there.
Rudy did do well after him any Yamaguchi broke up, he did OK. I wouldn't say he was a late bloomer in 1996, I would say he was an "only bloomer" he burst out at nationals and worlds and then retired. Maybe he thought he would never duplicate his 1996 success though the Olympic years and didn't bother trying.
Look at the World Jr Championships in 2000, it's funny to see to where some ended up then and where they are now.
2000 WC JR
I thjink you can consider Laura Lepistö a late bloomer since she did her GP debut at the age of 19.
I guess the difference is that I didn't follow Rudy's or Paul's skating when they were juniors. lol
But I've followed Yannick's career since his junior years. And we know he was already very very good as a junior, and very promising. Also, he won the LP at Euros, finishing 4th overall. Which is already a good achievement as a senior.
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I sort of don't get why people consider Jeremy a late bloomer, because, to be frank, he hasn't had great results since switching to Yuka and Jason. He won the GPF and his first national title under Tom, not that his first national title was all that impressive as his FS was error-ridden and he basically won because everyone else save Mrozzz skated like crap that year. So he won nationals in 2010 and skated great there, but that's been his only big accomplishment he's had since switching coaches, I mean 5th at 10 Worlds was pretty good and he had a solid FS at the 09 GPF but still only finished 4th there, and then this season he was a bit of a trainwreck save 4CC. I am a big fan of Jeremy's skating and think he is very talented, but to me, he hasn't really had a breakthrough on the international stage yet. He has what it takes, but has yet to prove that he's one of the Worlds top skaters IMO. Now if he could go on to medal at Worlds and/or win at 4CC or the GPF (again) in the coming season or two, then I would consider him a late bloomer and a top contender internationally, but I think we're all waiting/hoping for that day to happen...
Jeremy isn't a World champion or Olympic medalist, but considering that he didn't even qualify for Nationals in 2006, I think it's pretty impressive that he managed to win Nationals in 2010 by twenty-five points.