Yes, it IS inspiring, but she's swimming against the tide. It's very difficult to come back to FS from childbirth. Yes, other skaters have done it, but not so much in singles at the elite level, and not in a country where the competition is so stiff.
Tatiana Navka did in in ice dance and won an OGM, but it was a couple of years between having the baby and returning to competition, and still more years between the return and the Olympics. At the time Navka returned, Lobacheva/Averbukh had retired and there was a bit of a vacuum at the top in Russia partly due to the flight of Russian coaches to other countries after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
After winning the 2008 World Championship in ice dance, Delobel/Schoenfelder missed the 2009 WC with an injury; Isobel Delobel became pregnant and had the baby in late 2009 and did return for the Olympics but the best they could do was 6th. In their case, at that time there was no major French competitor who could take their Olympic spot.
I agree that time is working against Miki. She is a extremely talented and a terrific competitor, and she's made amazing progress in just a few months after having a baby, but I'm afraid she would need a few more months to get back in top shape. Having said that, I'd love her to prove me wrong! If she doesn't make it to Sochi, I hope she continues to compete a few more years, as I think she could well get on a Worlds podium again in the next couple of years.
Curious to see how her 3/3 goes this week. Good, then things look promising to me.
After midnight in our time already but assuming it's still December 18th in Europe and N America, "A Very Happy Birthday to Miki (just a coincident but a happy birthday to me, too )!!!"
And best of luck to her at the upcoming J-Nats. Gooo Miki!
I have a soft spot for Miki so I hope she makes it, although I don't expect she will. But I'll cross my fingers for her.