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    Gambatte, Max Aaron/"No letting off the gas pedal" golden411's Avatar
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    News Rochette will not compete at Sochi Olympics

    Rochette will not compete at Sochi Olympics

    Starting a new thread b/c I don't think she had said so definitively up until this point. (Sorry if I missed a previous news item.)

    Joannie Rochette will have different role at Sochi Olympics
    Nick Zaccardi
    Sep 16, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Excerpt (see full text for more quotes from Rochette herself):
    Joannie Rochette won’t be competing, but the Canadian figure skater who displayed tremendous courage in winning bronze in 2010 will still be at the Sochi Olympics. ... She hasn’t competed at a major national or international event since and will go to Sochi with Canadian TV broadcaster CBC and sponsor Visa.
    She said the decision not to try for a third Olympic berth “just came naturally.”

    http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/201...ada-sochi-cbc/

    Hat tip to @NickMcCarvel (NBC web producer).

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    I think it's probably a wise decision, though I will miss her. Revving up for an Olympics attempt is a huge undertaking if one hasn't been competing all along. Even YuNa's start last year was considered last-minute.

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    she will go japan open?? I hope NO!

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    I couldn't have imagined Joannie competing at the Olympics.

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    Yeah, I can't say this is a surprise. I'm glad she's doing what feels right for her at this point in her life. (And more selfishly, I'm glad things are looking brighter in the ladies event in Canada even without her).

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    Not a surprise - and it's a wise decision.

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    A few diehards HOPED she might return for Sochi, but most fans never believed she'd compete again as an eligible.

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    There is no point for her to return. Retiring with a 3rd at the Olympics is good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    A few diehards HOPED she might return for Sochi, but most fans never believed she'd compete again as an eligible.
    My thoughts too but I do believe she was good enough for the no. 2 women spot in canada if her performances at the Japon Open, medal winners is iany indication.

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    I'm not surprised @ all by this announcement, but I hope she'll continue to skate professionally for a long time (SOI, etc.)

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    Refreshing to see someone with a realistic assessment of their own abilities and appreciation for their past accomplishments. This sport is full of hubristic skaters who think they have a shot, especially those who have been out for years.

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    for the fun of it I wonder after seeing her in the Japan Open and if judges gave her more recognition for her skating skills/pcs what would be everyone's assessment of whether Joannie forget what she wants or has decided would have a better chance of going to the olympic and medalling than say Evan or Alissa? who would have the best chance to make it to the olympics of these skaters? Who would have best chance of medalling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    for the fun of it I wonder after seeing her in the Japan Open and if judges gave her more recognition for her skating skills/pcs what would be everyone's assessment of whether Joannie forget what she wants or has decided would have a better chance of going to the olympic and medalling than say Evan or Alissa? who would have the best chance to make it to the olympics of these skaters? Who would have best chance of medalling?
    I think it's obvious that Joannie can make the Olympic team with a performance like that, however her chances of medalling in Sochi would require her to really put in the extra hours of training (e.g. getting back her lutz, increasing her levels). But it honestly looked like she never left... that 3T-1/2L-3S was the best I've ever seen from her.

    It was a little bit odd though... she clearly went for an ambitious jump layout at Japan Open, and landed 6 triples, so it's not like she just showed up to skate... she showed up to win!

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    Of the three skaters that Skater Boy mentions, Joannie would be the best chance for reaching the Olympics and doing well, hands down. (Or hands not down, in this case!) At this moment, she may be the best North American lady of all.

    But I'm glad she's making a careful decision, sorry though I will be not to see her at Sochi.

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    Oh, it's not even a debate as to whether Joannie would have the best chance of medalling in Sochi compared to Alissa or Evan, let alone being able to make it to Sochi.

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