In reality i don't think she will come back, if she does i will cheers her on and enjoy whatever competitive program she gives us. In all likelihood her body would give out before she managed to compete - that's what happened last time.
Michelle competed only once under the new judging system. That was 2005 Worlds, so of course that is her "personal best" under the CoP. She finished fourth.
Rachael Flatt's best score was at 2008 Junior Worlds. Caroline Zhang's personal best came at the 2008 Grand Prix final, Mirai Nagasu's was at 2007 Junior Worlds, and Ashley Wagner's top score was at 2007 Eric Bompard. All of them scored much higher at 2008 U.S. Nationals.
Sasha is still number three on the all-time list. In 2003, the first year of the CoP, Sasha ruled the roost on the Grand Prix circuit. She scored 198.06 at Skate Canada. The next year the ISU tweaked the scoring system and scores dropped dramatically for a couple of years.
Number one on the list is Mao Asada, 199.52 at 2006 NHK in Japan and number two is Irina Slutskaya, 2005 Cup of Russia.
Kimmie Meissner is the highest ranking active U.S. skater in terms of personal best. 189.87 at 2006 Worlds.
I'm kind of surprised when she said that. I didn't think that she would come back. I am really surprised. I am afraid OGM would be very difficult for her. I am also afraid that I am doubtful if she could make the team. But saying it on TV is a big thing. Perhaps she would have thought about it a lot before saying so.
What would really be great, is if she got to skate to Rachmaninov's Prelude in C# Minor. It's such a pity that she wasn't able to perform to it in 2006.
Pretty thin gruel for speculation either by fans or by skeptics, IMHO.
I would love to see Michelle in a final competition. Her Turin programs were reported as being competitive and I'd love to see her perform them. Even if she doesn't win, it would be something to see.
Also, as far as it promoting figure skating, ticket sales would likely soar. The year she replaced Sarah Hughes at Skate America, sales doubled within hours of the announcement. The networks would promote it like crazy and I'm pretty sure viewship would go up.
So, there's lots of bonuses to Michelle returning to competition - even if it is only a farewell.
I cant see Michelle coming back.
I wish I could see her in competition again.
The last time Michelle was on the Today show, in the summer of 2006, she chose that forum to announce that she would try for the Turin games. The Today show hosts were paying so little attention that they didn't realize that she had made an announcement, and just went on with, "well,when you make up your mind we wish you the best. .. hey wait an mninute, what did you just say?"
I think this interview was just Michelle being Michelle. Smile pretty and tell them no more than you want them to know.
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Michelle's last 'competition' was Dec 2005 in the vote-in compeititon. She was in the top2 even though she had just resumed training and was clearly not in shape.
Also, according to Wikipedia, she last skated for COI in 2006 and then had surgery.
I think she has gotten on the ice when she went to China as a public diplomacy envoy, but it may have just been skating around with the kids - not a performance.
That is, she won the fans' vote. The "judges" (Dick Button, Peggy Fleming and Peter Curruthers) all went with Sasha.Poor thing, she could hardly walk without support, much less skate. She was not able to take part hardly at all in the opening and closing group numbers, and her solo had no jumps.Also, according to Wikipedia, she last skated for COI in 2006 and then had surgery.She definitely worked with some kids on ice in her last trip, the one to Argentina. Reports from both Denver and EWIP say that she is skating a little more and doing some doubles, up to double Axel.I think she has gotten on the ice when she went to China as a public diplomacy envoy, but it may have just been skating around with the kids - not a performance.