Where does everyone think Russian skating will be after the retirements of Navka/Kostomarov, Totmianina/Marinin, Slutskaya, and Plushenko? Do you think Domnina/Shabalin will take N/K's position as the chosen ones? Or do you think the era of Russian greatness if over and Grushina/Goncharov or Belbin/Agosto will reign supreme in the world standings? What about the future of their pairs program? Do you think that after T/M's and Petrova/Tikhonov's retirements that they will have such power in the world standings or that the fleet of Chinese pairs will sweep the gold of the worlds and Olympic podiums for years to come. In the men's field do you think the likes of Andrei Griazev, Sergei Dobrin, or Alexander Uspenski will be rocking, ruling, and reigning anytime soon after Plushenko retires? Or do you think they will doomed to be has beens that shined on the Junior circuits but dropped to the rock bottom in the Senior ranks? How about Irina? Do you think that once she, Volkova, and Sokolova retire or hit the pro ranks that Russian ladies will be on the world podium anytime soon? Maybe it's the Japanese ladies turn?
What does everyone think?