Yes, MK killed pro skating by going to school. SOI needed MK, as did COI. She could have revived skating with the help of the other rich skaters, but they were not investing in skating. If MK had turned pro after 2003, or 2002, she would have helped sales and there would likely be specials. Kristi was done with SOI, Tara did 3 years and left, Sarah went to school, and she was too young to be so beloved by so many fans. Yes, MK killed skating altogether by leaving. This is of course tongue in cheek. Skating simply went back to the niche sport it always was. Skating clubs for the wealthy, and some talented ones get through if someone -usually many-will support 10 years before they hit the national scene.
One thing is true, skating is pretty dead. I wish I could say that about football. (just kidding fans!).
Actually rewatching these programs of Michelle while she is great and awesome I realize how human she is. Under COP she might not do all that well. as expected She actually stalks a lot of her jumps. They lack amplitude. Her spin positions are rather simple and the layback not a Peggy FLeming or Don Button "Wow, wonderful leg extension". And I also see her programs looking actually quite similar to her other programs. Sorry folks, love Michelle but watch her jumps - puny and not necessarily the greatest height or speed. Consistent and well landed yes but not the amplitude of a plus 3 GOE.
Kwan's jumps had better flow out than most jumps do today. Not true about them all being puny either. They were +1 GOE quality, sometimes +2. Besides that, her blade control was simply the best, as was her performance quality, choreography, and interpretation.
Thank you, Blades and Math. I second each of you.
And I third each of you.