Oh, wow, Michelle is such a class act. Let's hope her inspiration for Vancouver doesn't end after she leaves China and gets back to life. The media isn't going to let this one go now. I'm sure we'll be hearing more updates in the future. If anyone can make a comeback, it would be Michelle!
Thank you for the links. Always nice to see and hear from the Kween.
It was great to see her!
Whatever she decides about 2010, she has always honored the sport by her presence. That will never change.
It's a shame skating isn't more like swimming (Torres) or gymnastics (Chusovitina ... sp?)... where a 'specialist' can make a come back and succeed on a wondrous stage like the Olympics, ... while not having to be "the All around Champ"... Figure skating has only one medal ... and we see how it goes to the All Around champ... but wouldn't it be wonderful if there was for instance a "no jump" artistic event for instance (probably too difficult to imagine... and too subjective to be sustainable)... then... would allow for a Michele to return to such a stage... and that would be great for the sport ... and for the fans as well...IMO
Trust me, if Michelle comes back, it won't be "for the fun of it." If she returns, it will be with the goal of finally winning that elusive gold medal.
Now, whether she'd have any chance of that, or even of making the team, I won't venture to guess right now. But that would certainly be her intention.
She looks amazing. Very professional yet sexy. It must be so cool for her to attend the Olympics there in China, but not having the pressures of competing. I do not think she would want to go back to compete. She is busy at college and with all this great envoy work.
She tried to "return" once, and her body gave out on her.
It's not about age so much as it's about how much more your body can take.
I think she, along with other skaters are just clinging onto that sliver of hope. Still, what Torres did must be a great inspiration. But that comeback took what, 4-8 years?
IMichelle (or any other skater in her place) could well have multiple motives for any comeback. Of course she would want to win the OGM, but she might also (for example) want to wipe out the memory of her leaving Torino hurt with a strong performance at Nats, even if she can't qualify for the team. After all, in '94Kat Witt probably also wanted to win a third OGM, and I doubt that Elaine Zayak would have minded making the US Oly team, but both ladies also had other reasons for their respectvie "comebacks" that made themt satisfying, even without the medals.
I don't think she has any intention of returning to eligible competition.
As for being 'inspired'.
a) she's saying something diplomatic in her capacity as a diplomat and retired athlete.
b) sometimes when a friend has a new baby, a woman who has no serious intention of having more kids gets broody for a few days and thinks how nice a new baby would be. I wouldn't be surprised if Kwan is feeling the ex-athlete's version of that. I'm sure it will pass and she'll get back to her new life soon enough.