Of other skaters, I could see Abbott, Preaubert, Poykio, Didier, pair V/M, both dance D/S and some other "second tier" type skaters retire as well.
It's not true.
Originally Posted by Wrlmy
She mentioned that she wanted to perform in ice shows and to coach young skaters after retirement. Actually she quite strongly denied any possibility of being a singer or an actress in a TV talk show in 2008.
Cosmos is right. Recently Yu-na has avoided mentioning retirement. We must not jump to the conclusion that she would leave amateur competitions right after the Vancouver Olympics.
Originally Posted by cosmos
Last edited by szidon; 07-25-2009 at 05:57 AM.
i don't think Joannie will retire after 2010. She has mentioned on several occasions that she will take it 1 season at a time after 2010, so I can see her sticking around until 2013 to make sure that she's leaving a strong ladies program so we don't go back where were in 1995.
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
If Yu-na is pain-free I would be surprised if she did retire after Vancover, no matter what the outcome. Sure, if she wins, she will have been there, done that, but really why stop. She could go from champion to legend by hanging around a few more years.
Joannie too. I think she finally hit a grove, and it is not exactly as if she has a lot of competition from her own country. I would like to see her stay on a few more years, and I think she will.
I agree. I definitely see her staying around for at least one more year so she can break the National Senior Ladies Titles record.
Originally Posted by lise
Yu-Na is retiring? Well with her plan to break 215.00 mark yeah, I wouldn't be surprised. But if Mao and Yu-Na retires, then ladies figure skating wouldn't be as interesting as it is now
Mao wouldn't retire I don't think... Even if she gets the gold medal at the OGM. She said it in several interviews that she would want to continue until Sochi!
Yu-Na is so artistically amazing and Mao is technically brilliant!
I hope they won't retire after 2010
I'm not sure the name has come up; but does anyone think Ashley Wagner is going to retire after 2010? In interviews she has expressed the wish to attend Georgetown Unversity in Fall 2010. Since we've seen with Emily that combining a high standard university study with figure skating does not work; I'm not sure if we will see a lot more of her after this season...
Personally, I would be devestated if she left the sport after this season; I think she's getting better and better and might have her peak in the next Olympic cycle.
and... World Peace!
I think Ashley's future will depend on what type of success she has this season, and if she feels she has more to acomplish and whether it'd be worth it. I commend her for wanting to continue her education.
She definately wants a normal life as she mentioned many times and it is only possible when she stay abroad like Toronto Canada. There is no other way.
Originally Posted by bekalc
So I expect she will continue to skate as far as she can.
Originally Posted by lise
I hope it turns out that way. She is always a strong contender and will be missed much if she leaves.
Originally Posted by pokky_oc
Even if any one of them does leave competitive skating after the Oly, that doesn't mean they would stay away from competitions forever. There is always such a thing as 'comeback,' and considering their being only 19 and many retired skaters coming back to competitions every 3-4 years, I think it is quite possible they will do the same. I am sure (or hope) that they will still have another Oly and a couple of Worlds in them no matter how they do in Vancouver. Besides, 2013 is the year they graduate from college. Wouldn't they want another run at the Olympics then?
Last edited by jaws12345; 08-12-2009 at 03:19 AM.
How do you know that? Are you YU-Na Kim?
Originally Posted by yunaddiction
Actually she recently has not mentioned about retirement at all.
Olympic Gold can do strange things and you can earn a lot of money from it.
Most Olympic champions will turn professional because they have earned the most coveted prize in sport. I know I would retire if I won OL gold.
I can assure you whoever takes gold in vancouver will not go to worlds and turn pro shortly after.
The silver and bronze medalists would stick around for worlds and as with any olympic cycle you will see a lot of retirements from the veterans of the sport.
I said I EXPECT so.
Originally Posted by szidon
"Hold an edge and look sexy!"
In the recent past, this has happened in ladies' singles:
Originally Posted by russell30
'92 Olympics: 1) Yamaguchi, 2) Ito, 3) Kerrigan
'92 Worlds: Yamaguchi & Kerrigan competed
'94 Olympics: 1) Baiul, 2) Kerrigan, 3) Chen
'94 Worlds: No Olympic medalists competed
'98 Olympics: 1) Lipinski, 2) Kwan, 3) Chen
'98 Worlds: only Kwan competed
'02 Olympics: 1) Hughes, 2) Slutskaya, 3) Kwan
'02 Worlds: Slutskaya & Kwan competed
'06 Olympics: 1) Arakawa, 2) Cohen, 3) Slutskaya
'06 Worlds: only Cohen competed
So, it's hard to really predict which of the Olympic medalists will attend the following Worlds.