This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.
Everyone observes that some skaters seem to have a flair for the sport
and progress faster. How far does determination and practice take you?
The answer is "a long way"! Physical talent may be required to be a
high level competitor, but anyone with a strong desire to improve can
learn at least some of the jumps and master all of the basic skills. A
lot depends on how regularly you can find time for lessons/practice
and your willingness to try and persevere in pursuit of your goals.