I am putting this out there. I have a concern about comments that get made about some of the competitors in the Junior Grand Prix. There seems to be an expectation that these skaters should have the same maturity levels as Senior skaters. However what my concern is that many of these skaters are still quite young and developing skaters and what I am reading in terms of comments that are unfair and sometimes quite nasty. These skaters are doing some amazing stuff for their age and sometimes they are better than the senior skaters they are competing against eg Radionova at Nebelhorn.
The fact that in the last couple of years the posting by the ISU of the JGP has been a positive step in helping to promote skating and raise the profile of the young skaters. But it has also increased the opportunity for people to be negative and critical (part of the nature of the internet I suppose and maybe the nature of skating fans). I wonder if it is because people are used to seeing Senior skaters so have the same degree of expectation that they think they should be watching skaters who are much more developed than what they are, particularly if they are doing the full arsenel of triple jumps and amazing spins.
You also have to look at it from the perspective that if you had a child in the sport, would you like to read some of the stuff that gets written? They may never read it, but I know I have steered a couple of parents away from this forum because I tell them they may find some of the comments really distressing if they were to read them about their child. I also look at it from the point of view of member protection and the right to skaters at such young ages to be protected from trollish behaviour in social media.
These skaters train their little butts off and are out there doing what most of us can't. We probably should appreciate what they can do and not be so quick to criticise for things that may not have happened yet.