You guys seem so confident that they won't come back into competitions ....
(Well maybe except for a tiny possibility of Johnny ...)
Then why don't Joannie nor Evan declare retirement?
Is it cleverer market-wise to avoid stating that one is retired from comps?
Does "being eligible" raise your value in shows?
I remember Suguri saying that staying eligible is essential in promoting herself in shows, but also specifying it as a case characteristic of Japan.
Last edited by sorcerer; 05-28-2011 at 01:12 AM.
in the US and Canada the line between pro and amatuer doesn't really exist anymore, so why bother?
Since Sebestyen, Lambiel, Meier ... they all stated retirement in advance or at the end of their last season, I don't think that it's a mentality only within my country to feel that it would be more sincere to the fans/skating community if the skater avoided leaving their status in ambiguity.
We will know by the GP assignments that he/she has retired if we don't see his/her name 2 years in a row, but fans would have wanted to hear the skater's intention in a more direct way than that.
To the feds it would be a much more administrative matter, but I imagine they would ask clarity from skaters.
To make a come back after being retired once is another different matter.
as a fan of two out of the three skaters - it doesn't bother me if they do or not. I guess I just don't see the seriousness of it. Two are headliners in SOI and the third has his own show he's doing. Without having their PR people say it - they've pretty much made it clear they're moving on. Good for them. They don't owe anyone an explanation except - possibly - their skating federation, and who's to say they haven't already declined next season to them?