I certainly respect Fumie a great deal, and I wish she had been able to do better at Olympics and Worlds at her peak when the opportunity was there for her. Probably her best chance to win gold at Worlds was in 2006 (when she came up short with silver), and she came in 4th just off the podium at the Olympics that year. But overall, Fumie has had a very good career and has won a lot of medals at different events. I was just responding to Skater Boy's post.
ITA, it's not kind to "dis" skaters for still wanting to skate. Suzuki kept trying when she wasn't a favorite and in her late 20s, she's been able to break through and bring such joy and lovely programs to the ice (despite still having to play second fiddle to Mao). Even Mao deserves much admiration for her determination and courage in completely reworking her technique and coming back to be a strong competitive force at the top. Every competitive skater has to decide for themselves when their body has had enough. But to me, it seems a bit sad at the age of 32 to keep trying to get back into a level of singles competition that has passed you by. There should be other avenues and other opportunities for her continuing to skate. Certainly, Fumie is demonstrating great passion and desire. She's not done as a skater, but barring a miracle she is done as a competitive skater for the Japanese senior National team. Tech skills recede but true skaters who maintain their passion can continue skating well into their 40s, and more rarely into their 50s and beyond (e.g., Dorothy Hamill, Peggy Fleming, The Protopopovs, Kurt Browning, Brian Boitano, Scott Hamilton, etc.)