I doubt it. She's already visibly over competitive skating. And who could blame her? She's been carrying around the weight of a nation for so many years...it must be so draining.
She posted this on her Facebook page today. Such an elegant interview, and great answers:
I did note that going into Sochi, she didn't sound very motivated. I wonder if she knew she would not win this time. She sounds incredibly at peace, like she had accepted the result before she stepped onto the ice, and just wanted to put in a great skate. In the grand scheme of things, she probably realized she had accomplished so much and brought great honour to her country, that the result this time around didn't matter so much. It didn't count the way it did in Vancouver.
Yuna if you're reading this: thank you for everything you've done for the sport, for your country, for the fans and for yourself. Enjoy your retirement. We'll miss you. And we look forward to seeing you in 2018, we know you'll be there even if you're not competing.
I hope she comes back after taking the next 2 seasons off. Competing at Olympics in her own country would be too big of a thing to miss out on.
I wouldn't rule it out, to be honest..
Never say never. She will be 27, the same age as Carolina Kostner, who most think should have won silver and some even think gold. I would love it if Yuna would work on her artistry. Not that it is bad, just that it could be better. For IJS experts, is there any way Yuna could do two triple-triples in her long program?
I think this was really a valedictory for her. And despite what we make of the result, her placing second to a young upstart may be symbolic of her passing the torch to the next generation of great skaters. Will Russia dominate the next quad or two the way Asia (mainly Kim and the Japanese) have been owning the field since 2006?