This level of talent also makes it very difficult for skaters to have time to really grow and develop. Kostner has had the luxury of years because there was nobody behind her to push her out of the way. That's not the case for the young Russian women. You make a mistake and there's somebody younger waiting to pounce. They are all so young and are just going through physical changes but there is no breathing room. Tuk is only 17 and she has had a lot of physical changes that I think she can adjust to in time; however, time isn't her friend. The men, OTOH, have that luxury. Kovtun and Gachinsky have plenty of time to develop over the next four years, but some of the ladies will quit skating because the competition is so fierce.