Thompson(CEO of Skate Canada) said it took some time for athletes to get used to the new system, but now the newest generations have grown up with it and know how to use it. He conceded that the female singles skaters are still struggling.
However, he pointed to skaters such as Kim, former world champion Daisuke Takahashi, current world champion Patrick Chan of Canada, Virtue and Moir, and the Olympic champions from China, Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, as skaters that delivered plenty of emotion and artistic content.
He does not know why the women have not advanced as quickly as the other disciplines. Perhaps, he suggested, they are still building the skills necessary to do the difficult footwork and other elements that were not emphasized in the past.