I don't know & None of us here knows for sure if she would have turned pro afterwards. We can only go by what she has said. She loves to compete. By her past attitude toward the sport. I seriously doubt if she would have turned pro after 1998. After 1998 & 2002 when everyone ( anti Fans) wanted her to retire & turn pro. & after the 2002 games where she came in 3rd. Not being edged out like in 1998. Everyone said that she should hang up her competive skates. What did she do. Took her time & found the fun in skating for her again. & WON her 7th national Title & 5 World title. Some athletes have to be dragged aways from the sport. No matter how many titles they have. They live for their sport. To me she seems like one of them.Originally posted by VIETgrlTerifa
I really doubt that because Michelle to me seems like the type who wants to break records, etc. so if Michelle won the gold in Nagano, I think she would try for another in SLC.
Rgirl said a Michelle quote that I think is fitting for this thread. When Michelle was interviewed backstage at Worlds or Nationals this past season right after she got her scores in the Kiss and Cry, she looked at the audience and asked the interviewer why anyone would want to leave this (she was talking about the very appreciative crowd ovation of her performance).
Also, I think that the demise of pro skating could also be contributed to the exploitation of figure skating after the ratings boom after 1994.