Yu Na or Mao, will they retire if they claim olympic glory
I feel like their rivalry should go on for another 4 year cycle but I sense who ever wins Olympic Gold will retire and turn pro, well they certainly will not go to World's that year.
Be such a shame but we will lose either Yu Na or Mao, who ever is second or third I think they will stay on to 2014, but will they have it their own way??
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I believe Yu-na said she will retired after 2010. I don't think she mentioned winning. Her cronic injuries are the main factor in this decison. I see Mao sticking around if she does not win though. Actually, i would not be surprised if Mao stcuk around even after she won.
I see yuna retiring after the 2o1o olympics. i think mao will stick in even if she wins .
For more than 60 years, it has been a "strong" tradition that the lady gold medalist at the Olympic games retires. It is really surprising and sad but this is a hard fact. The only exception is Katarina Witt. Maybe Sarah Hughes too who stayed just one more year.
In the light of this tradition, the exceptionally long career of Michelle Kwan and Irina Slutskaya is because they got no gold at the Olympic games.
I think so too. Didn't Mao actually say she will stay eligible till after 2010?
Originally Posted by Dipyramidal
I've also read that Yu-Na will probably retire after 2010, gold or not, but nothing quite so specific for Mao.
A little selfish part of me hopes that they'll both (or at least, one of them) will stay after 2010...I have a feeling the quality of skating may plummet a bit of they both leave.
Oh no, depressing topic....
Well, Yuna used to say like that about her retirement couple of years ago, but since last season, I kind of sensed a bit of change in her interviews. You see, she had a healthy season for the first time since she became senior, and maybe that affected her opinion on her retirement.
Now she's talking like she'll enjoy her university life first when the olympic games over which is slightly different from 'I'll retire' IMO. She could take her time off the ice a season or two if she wants and then return and prepare 2014 also if she wants. (Ok, that's what I want.)
So I wouldn't think about that just yet.
About Mao, I'm pretty sure she said she'll go for 2014 in an interview. Can anyone else confirm this?
At least we have Fumie Suguri going strong until Sochi!