What's it to you (original poster) when Fumie retires? That kind of thing takes care of itself. When she can't get to the competitions, she'll obviously figure out that it's time to quit!
Anyway that is aside the point. On what you are saying I believe the smartest thing he could have done is retire. Why?
1. He is 25 years old. Already an advanced age for an elite competive skater at which point nearly all retire, or a year or two beyond that at most. And he has had a very long junior and senior international career already, as long or longer than most.
2. He has gone through alot of injuries, it is time to give his body a break and move on to a less physical strenous form of skating.
3. He is at the peak of his marketability now. He just won the Worlds and Olympics, he was on Dancing with the Stars. He would be crazy to not cash in on this and take all the opportunities to headline a major skating tour and make as much money as he can before that window is closed.
4. He clearly peaked. He wasnt going to ever be a better amateur skater than he was in 2009 and 2010. And he rightly is probably smart to realize he did extremely well to win those 2 major championships, and it in fact was an unlikely occurence but all the variables fell his way for it to happen. He is not a skater who was going to dominate the sport long term and in fact the direction he was most likely to go had he continued was down. Going out on top with all his goals achieved and capatilizing on the height of his popularity and fame to the best professional opportunities was absolutely what he should have done.
So Lysacek was in fact very smart about when to retire.
Maybe a better comparison would be to elite gymnasts, skiers, swimmers, etc. Individual sports that put great physical demands on the body, that cannot continue indefinitely at the same high level.
On topic, I've always had a soft spot for Fumie, but she is way overdue for being realistic about her limitations and her chances in competitive skating (diminishing), and moving on with her life. I think that is one of her issues, she doesn't seem to have found another focus. Much as I miss Yukari Nakano on the competitive roster, I respect her decision to "close up shop" when she did, and find another direction.
Last edited by bigsisjiejie; 11-01-2010 at 10:13 PM.
But there's just one thing and that is she has somehow managed to maintain receiving "Special Reinforcement" from the JSF this season, which could have been divided to the upcomers.
But in any case I would wish her to really shine again and be happy with her skating just one more last time.
Last edited by sorcerer; 11-01-2010 at 10:25 PM.