Is this another "trick question."
With the income Michelle was earning as an "amateur skater" there was never any reason for her to serioulsy consider a Pro career.
Couple that with the fact that she had already been skating at the highest level for so many seasons what possible incentives could Michelle have had to continue - not to mention her body needed a break.
It was different with Peggy, Janet, Dorothy and up through Kristi.
The families of these girls had made financial sacrifices for years and most likely it was always part of the plan for them to turn pro after the Olympics.
Michelle was the family busines at what - 15? When Peggy was 15 her mom had to to sew her skating dresses to save money for her training.
I don't think if Michelle would have "turned pro" after Nagano it would have had much effect on Pro skating.
Sure she could have given it a boost but the writing was already on the wall.
Besides I doubt if the skating world would have been better off if Michelle stopped competing when she still had so much more to give,
Last edited by janetfan; 09-28-2012 at 12:08 PM.
Agreed, Janetfan. One thing that made Michelle such a titan in skating was that we got to see the complete arc of a skating career, as she became a more assured and mature interpreter of music and developed a smoothness of technique that young jumping beans rarely have. If she had left eligible skating after Nagano, she would have been just another comet. She wouldn't have had so much glitter to bring to pro skating if she had shown up at the age of sixteen with her Olympic silver medal, I think--but in any case, it's a moot point. I think that as you say, she gave us the best of herself by remaining in eligible skating.
In a way, Michelle did take a turn at experiencing the pro life, because she toured with Champions on Ice every postseason year for many years. She was even featured in a few Disney specials on TV, back when they were doing such things. In her one true televised starring role that I can remember, she skated as Mulan.