Four of the last five Olympic champions have been under 20 in ladies. This is nothing new. Last century Sonja Henie won the first of her ten world titles at age 14. Toward the end of her career, she faced challenges from Cecilia Colledge who was 16 when Sonja retired.
The last 15 years have if anything seen more top ladies competing longer into their twenties. Some have done it successfully: Butyrskaya, Slutskaya, Kwan, etc. Butyrskaya was not even worth noticing until she was over 20. Teenage Arakawa deserved 13th at the 1998 Olympics. She was more deserving of the 22nd she got at 1998 Worlds. Eight years later at 25 she claimed the Olympic crown and was a more refined and technically secure competitor than at 18.
Which ladies have improved after reaching age 20 in these three categories?
- Competitive results (define this as you think appropriate)
- Technical content (quality and/or difficulty)