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    I think, barring injury, Sasha will go. If she plans to retire, going and losing it will not hurt her. However, going there and winning might translate into more $. She hasn't anything to lose really and a lot to gain. If she doesn't plan on retiring, the US powers-that-be would not be happy if she left the job of securing world spots to 3 newcomers. That could come back to bite her..

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard
    I don't know who is going, but, Joe, babe, English teacher here. "whom" is not correct in your title. "Who" is correct. Though it doesn't look or sound nearly as cool, I know.
    Thanks Princess - But someone must have already changed it to who, but I prefer the cool whom


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    I think there will never be another Irina, Michelle, or Sasha again. Irina has the power and charisma that makes a true champion. Michelle was an elegant skater that thrived under competition and has a resume that places her ahead of almost any other skater in history. And Sasha has an elegance and presence and 95% of the spiral sequences in the last four years have been made in her image. Each of these skaters will not be forgotten or replaced. I would like to see any up and coming skaters in the next fifty years display Irina's wealth of talent, Michelle's transcendent skating (not to mention the 9 national titles, 5 WC titles, & 2 Olympic medals), and Sasha's grace, posture, and positions.

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    Will Arakawa show up?
    No. The press she'll have to do in Japan now will be enormous. Better to be the undisputed champ than to risk losing at Worlds, too.

    Will Kwan show up?
    No. I think she was just staying in to get a crack at Olys.

    Will Cohen go for a gold Worlds?
    She has said yes. She has a good shot at gold if the others don't show.

    Will Slutskaya want to end the season on a gold note?
    No. She looked tired and stressed at Olys.

    Will Emily definitely go for the podium?
    Yes. I don't see her ont he podium because she needs work on the second mark but she'll give it her all.

    Will Kimmie want to show that she is now No.l in Calgary?
    That's twice I've seen Kimmie flub in major competition. She seems at her best at US Nats. I think we may have another Sasha on our hands with Kimmie, asone who has trouble pulling together both programs in the big competitions.

    Will Joannie be on the podium?
    She'll have to skate her butt off. She *can* be. She'll have the roaring Canadian crowd behind her for sure.

    Will Fumie now disappear from eligible?
    Probably. She's been in so long and the talent coming up in Japan is too strong.

    Will Gedenashvili show up?
    Yep. Though I wasn't very impressed with her. I think she was lucky with the clean short. When they were talking her up as 'seeing a lot of her in the future', I felt Mao and Kim would kick her butt. She's not the best of the youngsters.

    Will other European and Chinese Ladies show up with the long trip to Calgary?
    ????

    Will Mao Asada win the 2006 Worlds and end this Kwan Era?
    Very possibly.

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    Mao can't go to Worlds because she is not old enough (same eligibility rule as for the Olympics).

    Michelle can't go because she was not named to the U.S. team (Sasha, Kimmie and Emily, with Katy Taylor as the alternate).

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    Mao can't go to Worlds because she is not old enough (same eligibility rule as for the Olympics).
    I didn't realize she can't go to Sr. Worlds. I had thought she could being Jr. World champ. That's too bad for the fans in Calgary.

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    Arakawa is scheduled to go at worlds (unless she get's harassed by the media and has no time for practice)... Sasha said in an interview that Vancouver is part of her plans! Kwan can't go to Worlds no matter what! Belbin and Agosto will sure be there, and I'm hoping that D/L will be too... if not theres always V/M!

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    where did you read that Arakawa was scheduled?

    When did SC say that Vancouver was part of her plans? IIRC she just said she's not ruling it out, that she would take it one day at a time. But personally I don't think her body can last that long. She seems to be in pain now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog
    where did you read that Arakawa was scheduled?

    When did SC say that Vancouver was part of her plans? IIRC she just said she's not ruling it out, that she would take it one day at a time. But personally I don't think her body can last that long. She seems to be in pain now.
    Last night, sasha was on the NBC studio, she was asked if she could put another 4 years of hardwork for a 4 minute skate... and she was asked directly if Vancouver was in her plans... and she nodded!

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    well, I just read an NBC Olympics article and she said she wanted to go for 2010 if her body could handle it.

    It's her decision, but I really do think that the OGM just isn't meant for her. Just like Irina and MK. I don't think it's worth another four years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog
    well, I just read an NBC Olympics article and she said she wanted to go for 2010 if her body could handle it.

    It's her decision, but I really do think that the OGM just isn't meant for her. Just like Irina and MK. I don't think it's worth another four years.
    I think Irina should go to Worlds then retire. Michelle should probably skate one more year, so she can go out on a different note, and also so making her programs this year werent a waste, she should do those programs next season.
    Then after the 2007 Worlds she should leave. Cohen should stay until 2010, she is young enough, she is a judges pet, she has had enough success to take pressure off and feel good about herself, and she still has some unfulfilled potential.

    Slutskaya-2006 Worlds
    Kwan-2007 Worlds
    Cohen-2010 Worlds

    That is when the 3 women should all turn pro/leave skating altogether if they are smart.

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    Well, Sasha doesn't have to decide anything right now. Go to worlds, skate in the spring cheesefest (is there a spring cheesefest this year?), then see how you feel about next season.

    It was interesting to me that all the Olympic interviews, with Bob Costas, Katie Couric, etc., were all about what the athletes (not just figure skaters) were planning to do in 2010. There is lots more to winter sports than the Olympics. Four seasons of compettion, grand prix, national championships, world championships.

    Plenty of action between now and 2010, despite NBC's once-every-four-years view of winter sports.

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    that's also true. But Sasha SAID she wanted to go to 2010. However, I wouldn't be surprised if she changes her mind as time passes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anything_for_skating
    So sorry that Ira didn't take gold! There will NEVER be another Irina! There will be more Kwan, Cohen, Joubert, and else, but there will never be another Carolina, another Irina and another Plushenko!
    Who will show up? Honestly, I think that Arakawa will not compete anymore. Hmm...I am not sure about Cohen. Carolina has chance!!! Forza Carolina!!!!!
    Others? Anything is possible!
    I think that will be another Irina, not similar, but someone will appear throught the years. But not another Michelle, never, she is unique, and I'm not her fan! Surelly will be another Sasha, Joubert and Carolina (miei migliori auguri per i migliori italiana di tutti tempi, forza Caro! ). There won't be another Plushy, for sure, and will never be another atlete that win at olympics with such a difference with silver and the rest... I hope Arakawa doen't show up at words, she is not allowed to lose after her archieve.
    Best luck for Joannie and Carola!!!!

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    Are you happy that Sasha will give it a third try? You were saying there is pressure that it could be 3 strikes and your out.

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