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    Should Yu-na Kim retire or continue to compete?

    She'll be back in Toronto on late May for her new programs regardless with her decision.

    If you will give Yuna an advice what will it be?

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    As a skating fan, I wish to see her continue, especially since she lost her World title. Though, she seems to dislike the pressure of competition and in that case, retirement from competitive skating is probably the best for her.

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    I say she should follow her heart. If she is enjoying herself, then she should continue. If not, I hope she finds what brings her meaning.
    I agree with Wallylutz that I want her to keep going. There's great debate of course whether she's left enough of a legacy. But that debate aside, I think that it wouldn't hurt if she grabbed a couple more world and GPF titles on her way out. There's something about winning a competition multiple times.

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    I would like all the Gold Medalists to keep competing-Show your talent! I want to see that talent. Like with Witt and Dmitriev and Grishuck and Platov and lots of others. It seems there is a lot of "I accomplished everything there is nothing left" or "What if I lose? That will tarnish my reputation."

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post
    I would like all the Gold Medalists to keep competing-Show your talent! I want to see that talent. Like with Witt and Dmitriev and Grishuck and Platov and lots of others. It seems there is a lot of "I accomplished everything there is nothing left" or "What if I lose? That will tarnish my reputation."
    Witt is not a good example, considering that she was not allowed to stop competing by her Federation in 1984. She could not have turned pro even if she had wanted to (which she did). Grishuk and Platov turning pro after 1994 Olympics, maybe they just did not have many offers, LOL? And Dmitriev won a gold in 1992, maybe not so many pro offers? Besides in 1994 Olympics he and partner got silver and after that he changed the partner in some point. Urmanov did not turn pro in 1994, but does anyone believe he had some other choice? Plushenko did not turn pro in 2006, but pro life (=pro competitions where one became a pro) was not exactly florishing in that point...

    I can well understand a skater wanting to turn pro after one had won the Olympics (which is the ultimate goal, in my opinion). Besides, e.g. Yagudin turned pro because he was injured (and Kulik was starting to have back problems in 1997-98 season). In past there were choices for popular skaters, pro competitions and skating tours (COI and SOI) were florishing. These days the matter is rather different. We will see what e.g. Yu-Na and Evan will be doing... They both have not been injuryfree. And they both have won both WC and OG, could they still find motivation to continue? To what purpose? They have nothing more to prove, IMO. I know that I would not continue, LOL, and would rather find other goals instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaana View Post
    Witt is not a good example, considering that she was not allowed to stop competing by her Federation in 1984. She could not have turned pro even if she had wanted to (which she did). Grishuk and Platov turning pro after 1994 Olympics, maybe they just did not have many offers, LOL? And Dmitriev won a gold in 1992, maybe not so many pro offers? Besides in 1994 Olympics he and partner got silver and after that he changed the partner in some point. Urmanov did not turn pro in 1994, but does anyone believe he had some other choice? Plushenko did not turn pro in 2006, but pro life (=pro competitions where one became a pro) was not exactly florishing in that point...

    I can well understand a skater wanting to turn pro after one had won the Olympics (which is the ultimate goal, in my opinion). Besides, e.g. Yagudin turned pro because he was injured (and Kulik was starting to have back problems in 1997-98 season). In past there were choices for popular skaters, pro competitions and skating tours (COI and SOI) were florishing. These days the matter is rather different. We will see what e.g. Yu-Na and Evan will be doing... They both have not been injuryfree. And they both have won both WC and OG, could they still find motivation to continue? To what purpose? They have nothing more to prove, IMO. I know that I would not continue, LOL, and would rather find other goals instead.
    I agree with you. OGM is what the elite skaters want in their final resume.

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    Every skater must decide eventually when to retire from eligibility. In Yuna's case she has the right to defend her Olympic Title in 2014 provide the Korean Federation agrees to send her. She could decide now whether to continue with the Worlds championship or not. So the word retire is not apropro.

    There hasn't been a Lady skater to win back to back Olys since Ms. Witt. I'd like to see Yuna go for it (and Evan, too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaana View Post
    Witt is not a good example, considering that she was not allowed to stop competing by her Federation in 1984. She could not have turned pro even if she had wanted to (which she did). Grishuk and Platov turning pro after 1994 Olympics, maybe they just did not have many offers, LOL? And Dmitriev won a gold in 1992, maybe not so many pro offers? Besides in 1994 Olympics he and partner got silver and after that he changed the partner in some point. Urmanov did not turn pro in 1994, but does anyone believe he had some other choice? Plushenko did not turn pro in 2006, but pro life (=pro competitions where one became a pro) was not exactly florishing in that point...

    I can well understand a skater wanting to turn pro after one had won the Olympics (which is the ultimate goal, in my opinion). Besides, e.g. Yagudin turned pro because he was injured (and Kulik was starting to have back problems in 1997-98 season). In past there were choices for popular skaters, pro competitions and skating tours (COI and SOI) were florishing. These days the matter is rather different. We will see what e.g. Yu-Na and Evan will be doing... They both have not been injuryfree. And they both have won both WC and OG, could they still find motivation to continue? To what purpose? They have nothing more to prove, IMO. I know that I would not continue, LOL, and would rather find other goals instead.
    That is true about Witt. Also I forgot Sarah Hughes who just did not have any motivation after she won Gold and bombed the next season. I would bet they all retire but I don't want them to.

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    I also thought it was a general-purpose thread but it turned out to be another Yuna thread, which there happen to be three other ones as well. Nothing wrong with that but add me to the list of folks that think that Yuna Kim's name should be added to the thread title as to not potentially confuse readers.

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    Mr./Mrs./Ms. Mod can you change the title to Yuna Kim: Retire or Compete?

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    The best advice would be to retire of course,after worlds it probably won't get that much better compared to last year,she's done.

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