Will Michelle Kwan Retire?
I'm not writing this to be cruel to Michelle Kwan, who I admire so much. However, in light of her unfortunate withdrawal from the Olympics, will this mark the end of her eligible skating career?
Michelle may go home to California, recover from her injury, and then turn pro and skate with SOI, other shows, television specials, or perhaps even start her own skating tour. I could certainly see Michelle starring in her own TV specials, as Kristi Yamaguchi has done so successfully over the years.
Michelle may go home to California, recover from her injury, and then retain her eligible status. She may show up at next year's US Nationals to see how she fares, at the age of 26. If she wins the title or just qualifies for the World Team, she may decide to continue on. It may be a "one year at a time" scenario for Michelle. She will be 29 in 2010, which is a rather advanced age for an elite figure skater, but perhaps Michelle will keep herself in top shape and continue on.
What do you think? Michelle has a lot of soul searching to do, that's for sure. I wish her the very best in whatever she chooses to do
this will be the biggest decision about her career that she's ever had to make. If she thought 2002 was a disappointment...well, 06 was a total letdown.
I don't think she'll retire, but I don't think she'll go til 2010. I just don't think she'd have the technical difficulty to compete with the up and coming Maos in Ladies skating. However, I do think that if her injury isn't career ending she'll go home and fully recover. Then come back next season and win her 10th National Title. Then retire.
I just can't imagine her ending her eligible career without skating one more time on Nationals ice.
Last edited by Enero; 02-12-2006 at 11:53 AM.
Michelle's Olympic experiences haven't been the happiest of her life, that's for sure:
1994 - Lillehammer - alternate.
1998 - Gold medal favorite. Skated cautiously and finished second to Tara Lipinski.
2002 - One of the favorites. Skated a flawed long program and finished third to Sarah Hughes and Irina Slutskaya.
2006 - Not a favorite. Withdrew due to injury.
However, that cannot erase a thing from her many accomplishments:
Nine-time United States champion.
Five-time World champion
The world is open to her in terms of offers and endorsements. I hope she takes time to heal and waits to make a decision. I have tickets for COI and hope she can skate the show. She has said in her article in ELL she gets offers in the entertainment world all the time. I predict she will overshadow the winner with attention in regard to her classy gracious way and how she accepted her disappointment. I hope she continues to skate and I dont care where I will watch and go to see her.
Someone find her a partner now.
Originally Posted by cianni
I agree with all the comments that the fans have toward Michelle. BUT, that not a very nice thing for you to say that Michelle will overshadow the winner with regards to the attention. I think that whoever wins the Gold medal will deserve it and all the attention it deserves. It's OK to sympathize with Michelle but not at the expense of the other skaters.
Originally Posted by thisthingcalledlove
As to retirement, when I heard she was skating to Scheherezad I began to suspect; when she turned to Tosca, I knew I was right, and when Bolero came on the scene, I thought, she already retired. Not that she skated to them badly but because they were not the real Kwan. It was a matter of time.
Depending on her wishes to get married and being a mother, I think she will live quietly in luxury of the family Ice Skating Dome.
I thnik she will retire sometime this year. I think Michelle has sustained some significant injuries and she can't continue like this. She will only sustain more injury and it could be life long. I hope and pray she retires so she can have a life without pain down the road.
Oh Joe you kill me! =P
Originally Posted by Joesitz
Although she's not the sex symbol that Kati Witt was, I think she will receive many many offers for marriage =P
Someone hook her up with that speedskater who won the first US Gold. Chad Hedrick, is it?
Millie - I don't think the MK devoted fans will object to the winner of the Oly gold, and what it brings to the Oly winner. It's just that the devoted fans will not switch to another lifelong favorite. I do think they'll enjoy the winner's reigning years, and look for the winner on soup cans, and at various functions.
Originally Posted by millie
Unless an American skater wins the Ladies Division, I doubt COI will star a non American in their shows, and SOI USA will have to think about hiring a non American as its main attraction.
Is Michelle dating anyone right now?
(Um, this is in answer to Thishingcalledlove's question, not RussianBleux's. )
I am going to be selfish and say that she should stick around till 2010.However, that is not likely. I do expect to see her skate and possibly compete one more season after she gets healthy.
I said Michelle will overshadow the winner due to the gracious way she accepted her disappointment and not trying to compete while not at her best. It wasnt sympathy it was admiration for her stepping aside. I saw heart and real love of the sport in her voice and her demeaner. I didnt say the winner wouldnt deserve to win either. I said she will overdshadow the winner in terms of the fans and causal fans who have watched her grow up and wanted her to win . I know many who dont watch or care about skating but know Michelle and wanted her to finally win that medal. I meant in terms of respect and admiration from the media and corporations looking for role models to sponser their products. She is what they look for to be their spokes person because of who she is and how she conducts herself in glory and defeat. That will overshadow a Medal. That isnt always a fan talking its others as well. A medal is a medal it doesnt change what and who you are. Michelle will do fine and my bet her popularity will soar.