- Parent Category: General Figure Skating
Who knows. I guess it depends on her aspirations but some kids are ten when they start getting proper coaching and they can still become capable competitive skaters. There was an American Olympic gold medalist (can't recall her name) who said she started skating when she was ten but I suspect she was probably active and athletic before she took up the sport.
Realistically, ten is a pretty late start and kids have much better odds of competing successfully if they start skating much younger although I don't know how much research has been done to substantiate that opinion. I think it's pretty clear the the Soviet Union and China have had very focused sport programs that identified talent early so that it could be developed to its maximum potential. Natural ability and other complementary sporting capabilities definitely factor in for the late joiner. A few years ago, they also brought in a rule for the Olympics that skaters must be 16 years old so the days of 13 year old champions are over (at least at the Olympics).