my guesses...czisny, kostner, suzuki, maybe leonova...
I'd be surprised if Alissa stuck around... but then again, who knows?
Joubert, Van Der Perran and wife are all retiring, right?
And yeah KVP is retiring, which is what made his clean LP so so special
not sure about Joubert, but his kiss on the ice was one of the highlights for me. If he retires, he did it on a high note - 4th place in an extremely deep field of guys + World Champion plus a billion world medals to go with it + European Champion is a very, very impressive resume
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I doubt Kostner, Suzuki, and Leonova will retire right now. They all probably want to stick around and try to get to Sochi. Especially Leonova. She is the youngest of the three- in her early 20s- and will probably continue fighting next year. However, the young Russians might soon beat her and she might not get to Sochi.
No way Leonova is retiring.
My guesses would be:
Ladies- Ando (if she hasnt secretly already), Czisny, Makarova, maybe Suzuki
Men- Joubert, Verner, Van Der Perren
Pairs- Zhangs, Yuko Kavaguti, Evora & Ladwig, maybe Pang & Tong
Dance- not sure if there will be any significant ones
Ando won't retire. She must be keenly watching Asada's performances in Nice. What she needs to know is the chance to be recognized as the #1 ahead of Asada. Ando should've known the importance of the federation backup at Vancouver and Moscow.
Suzuki will stick around as long as possible (like Suguri). She won't make the Sochi olympic team but I'm not surprised to see her competing after that. Since Suzuki had long break in her career, I think she's physically "younger" than Suguri at the same age.
Ando won't retire but she needs a new choreographer....please.
She did NOT have a LONG break in her career. She could not compete for one season, then it took four more seasons for her to come back to GPS. If her body is any "younger" than average 27 years old skaters, that's because she is very self-disciplined and takes good care of her body and mind.
She might make the Olympic team once again, you never know. Asada's future looks more uncertain now. Murakami also has problems with her jump technique, which won't be fixed unless she leaves her current coach, Ms. Yamada.
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I also don't think Leonova will retire. She is solid enough that I think she can be picked at least the 3rd spot on the Russian team for the next couple of seasons. Polina showed that it can be dangerous to send several talented but inexperienced skaters to a major event. I think the Russian Fed is done with Ksenia but they should support a skater like Alena who uses every ounce of her talent to achieve great results.
KVP, Pang/Tong( old age), the Zhangs, Ando
I can see Joubert, Suzuki, sticking to 1 or 2 more seasons
Alena will never retire barring injury
she just made a point by medaling at worlds she can compete with the new russian ladies
I sincerely hope Kavaguti and Pang/Tong retire...it's becoming a bit scary to watch them honestly, but who knows with those three...
Makarova won't retire, she just won't make another Worlds team ever again unless she switches representation. She has 2 GPs garaunteed for next season as is so no real reason to retire. Plus she's just 19. If she wasn't 5'7" I'd say try pairs, but I don't know if she even has any interest...
Czisny. Idk didn't Boitano tell her to never leave with regrets? Maybe she can just try to find redemption at Nats then retire? Flatt will probably stop competing, or will just do Nats, but no internationals.
Suzuki I heard talk of retiring, but maybe she wants to try for Sochi? She could end her career on a wonderful note now, or try to make another Olympic team. Choice is her's, wouldn't be surprised either way. I can't help but wonder if Mao will maybe retire after all she's been through? As for Ando, I think both she and Kim won't officially announce their retirement but they may as well, I doubt we'll be seeing them again, maybe Ando will try for Sochi, but next season I doubt she competes much/if at all.
Kiira I think will retire sometime soon but likely not until after 2014.
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What about Pechalat Bourzat? They made it clear that they want to retire
Well.... SOCHI 2014 is only round the corner I would have thought most will try and stay for that, it is only 1 more worlds before that and 2 european championships.... BUT hey I know the training is very hard, you see so more injuries now...
The only one i know is retiring is Kevin Van Der Perren, Jenna may retire but she did say she still has the burning ambition after changing her training and coaching regime and maybe give another olympics a go.. as she did not do well in Vancouver.
The others we will wait and see, I hope Alissa sticks around, I am sure she can come back from that..she was beautiful last year. I am sure Jeremy will stick around too and Valentina - her goal is to make it to her first olympics.
Not sure on Brian.... Maybe he should take his great 4th place and run... He has had a glorious career. BUT still has the mantle to medal at EURO's ..not sure on WORLD or OLYMPIC LEVEL.
Let's hope we get a few more comebacks!!
Weir (he will be back)
Plushenko (Is back but has injury issues)
Rochette (?? - her technical arsenal is still evident)
Lepisto (I am afraid we lost Laura (