Cohen not retiring?
I saw this video on Youtube, and it sounds like she may continue to skate competitively.
I hope not. She's miles ahead of the current American ladies if she starts to land jumps.
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
I am very surprised by this. I thought, like Plushenko the whole goals was about the Olympics. I would really love to see her comeback, but worry that next year she will be given none of the chances she was given at nationals. I think that International judges will not put her up on a pedestal (where she belongs) and dinge her on flutzing and maybe even downgrades. She has a lot of work to do, from what we saw at Nationals her stamina is nowhere where it needs to be and her jump consistency spoke for itself. Unlike many post-olympic years, I don't see I lot of retiring from the american ladies, all of them are still very young and have a lot to do in their careers. Alissa might retire, but Caroline might come back strong, and i can't see Sasha beating Mirai at Nationals if they are both clean. With Mirai now working in the 3/3 a lot, who knows what kind of scores she will be posting come next January.
She's past her prime, I don't think it's the best idea. I mean, if she was a guy, why not, they usually peak in their early to mid twenties, but for a woman, to come back at 25 will be hard. We've seen Suguri, Poykio, and Sebestyen struggle recently now that they are in their late twenties, and some female skaters seem to peak as young as 16. If she wants to give it a shot then go ahead, but if her eye is set on Sochi 2014 at age 29...I'd say forget it. Gao and Nagasu will be dominating skating in the US and internationally in a year or two I bet.
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
I don't think she is really thinking about Olympic medals. I think that honestly she has struggled to find her path in life after skating. She was so dedicated and competitive to the sport, her 2005-06 season she was a superwoman making sure everything went perfectly. When it didn't I think she almost went into shock and just felt discouraged (come on who would not a little) and could not face another year of difficult training now that her dream was gone. I don't think she was fulfilled by any of the things she did between then and 2009 and so decided to come back to find that purpose in her life again. At least that is what I gather from her interviews. Sadly, that did not go as planned either. Right though, she still really only has skating. I think that she thinks she can be great again if she can keep reasonably healthy and needs to come back and get that satisfaction in her life again. I say if that is what she wants/needs go for it. We always need more beauty in the world.
Originally Posted by silverlake22
I miss pro skating competitions (the real ones before they added all those extra ones that resulted in none). That is what Sasha needs in her life. A reason to still train and improve her skills. Especially with SOI getting ever so small :(
I think this is great news.
I agree with Tiny. I think she's rediscovered her love for skating and realized what an important part it plays in her life. As a result, she's not quite ready to give it up competively.
I honestly think if she can put the proper training time in she can be competitive again, at least on the national level. She wasn't a wash out at Nationals. She was pretty strong in the SP, but struggled a lot in the long. I think she struggled because of not being fully prepared to compete for Nationals. She had not fully regained her stamina and her jumps still needed more work. Again if she can devote herself to training full-time again, I think she may have a shot at medaling at several competitions.
OMG Terry Gannon! Great panel! *please replace Tom Hammonds prays*
Originally Posted by Dark-Eyes
Minusaramadad from Arctaroon
I love Sasha, but being off the ice for 3 years and having to bow out of three competitions due to injury, honey, quit while you're near the top.
I get the impression that Sasha doesn’t really know what she wants to do with her life after skating. I am in the minority here, but I get the same impression from Michelle.
No insult or bashing is intended here, but when a skater is asked what he / she wants to do after skating, none of them ever say they want to lay brick. They rarely come up with a “normal” job that most people do. It’s always fashion, entertainment, acting, commentary, politics, coaching, etc. It’s rarely what we would consider a “normal” job.
There are exceptions of course. Some skaters have gone into engineering, medicine and other more mundane fields.
Dreaming and dancing
SOI seems to be a good one. I do not think that she has a huge market in Asia.
Acting does not seem to have worked for her.
Competitive skating.... Placing off the podium at the Olympics is not too bad. Not making the Olympics after trying is also not too bad.
But placing off the podium at Worlds, or not even being able to make the Worlds team.... these seem like too big sacrifice for someone who can have a successful life in pro skating.
The same goes for Fumie, but these two seem very different ppl.
I think she's done competing.
Now we know where the SOI being family friendly quote comes from-Sasha!
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
I like her fashion like idea. She should go to fashion school and then start a skating costume line. She's great at it. She could do that keep skating in shows for a long time. I would looooove to see more Sasha style costumes on the ladies.
Originally Posted by Bennett
I think Sasha can't bring herself to make the plunge and say, yes, I'm retired. Michelle couldn't either for a long time. But she did go to college/grad school and lay down the groundwork for a great future.