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    Skaters Retiring in the US?

    After all the big bangs at Nationals, who survives?
    Yasmin Siraj? Lower and lower but still young.
    Rachel Flatt? School right?
    Caroline Zhang? Does she just love it? No coach right?
    Vanessa Lam? New and improved with new coach? I think 40+ points lower this year.
    Joelle Forte? Another just loves it?

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    Rachael said her last competition was nationals. She had chronic back pains since 2011, got a stress fracture in her landing leg the same year (and competed on it!), a chronic injury in her right ankle that forced her to sit out of the entire 2012-2013 season post SA... and said she was proud of her final skate. She retired so she could focus on chemical engineering. I wonder what would've happened if she didn't have quite so many injuries, because I did sort of like her. She was a fighter.

    No clue about everyone else though.

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    Forte said earlier that she is retiring.

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    Has anyone heard anything further about Agnes Z's plans going forward? I know she was training with Mirai in Colorado, but have not heard if she was intending to stick with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertskates View Post
    Has anyone heard anything further about Agnes Z's plans going forward? I know she was training with Mirai in Colorado, but have not heard if she was intending to stick with it.
    I think she's continuing with Tom Z. Mirai's looking for a new coach. They're both doing SOI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleeting View Post
    I think she's continuing with Tom Z. Mirai's looking for a new coach. They're both doing SOI.
    I haven't seen anything that says Agnes is doing SOI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriecmu0503 View Post
    I haven't seen anything that says Agnes is doing SOI.
    Ooh. Misspoke. Meant Alissa, I always get them confused.

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    What about other disciplines? I would assume Lynn & Logan are done. Not sure at all about Men's. Will Rippon keep going? I hope so. Miner?

    As far as pairs, I would think Rockne is probably going to retire. And D/C although they made some reference to future plans that make me think they may skate one more season after this one was such a letdown. Donlan/Speroff?

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    Miner has indicated he plans to keep going. I think he's doing a senior B pretty soon? He says after that he's going to take a full week off to give his ankle some much needed R+R. Maybe he decided after his placement in Nationals he needed to go somewhere to deliver a good showing for next season?

    My guess is most Boston teams/skaters are going to stick it through until 2016 at least. At one point I thought I heard that Christina Gao was going to stop competing after this season. Can anyone verify that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samson View Post
    Miner has indicated he plans to keep going. I think he's doing a senior B pretty soon? He says after that he's going to take a full week off to give his ankle some much needed R+R. Maybe he decided after his placement in Nationals he needed to go somewhere to deliver a good showing for next season?

    My guess is most Boston teams/skaters are going to stick it through until 2016 at least. At one point I thought I heard that Christina Gao was going to stop competing after this season. Can anyone verify that?
    Ross just competed at the Gardena Spring Trophy this weekend. He placed 2nd behind Shoma Uno.

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    To some extent, I feel like if these skaters are over 20 and haven't broken through, or are in a state of decline in their careers, it is wise for them to explore options outside of skating. There are great opportunities for these skaters if they go to college and apply the same work ethic and attention to detail to their coursework that they learned in the sport. I see someone like Mirai who has stagnated for several years now, who has occasional good performances but by continuing on puts herself at risk of injury and financial difficulty. I understand many of you feel that if someone wants to continue they should, but there are real costs to doing so with very little upside for anyone except those at the very very top. I would guess that outside of Ashley and Gracie, every American female singles skater spent more in the last year than they brought in. This is fine for teenagers engaging in an expensive hobby, but when these women are college age there are a lot of wonderful opportunities for them to explore outside the rink.

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    Is Mroz continuing?

    College is not for everyone.

    I think Mirai did take a college class or two. I don't think she'd last a season with Tom Z though.

    I know finances are an issue, but I wish Agnes would get away from Colorado Springs. She's never packaged well, and her programs don't show her to best advantage. She also needs a coach that can help her with competition nerves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy View Post
    . I understand many of you feel that if someone wants to continue they should, but there are real costs to doing so with very little upside for anyone except those at the very very top.
    It's not that I disagree with anything you say, but despite the potential disadvantages to continuing vs the potential upsides, it is up to the skater (and if financially relevant, their families) to weigh these against one another and decide what they think is best for them to do, not us. Its their life.

    Also, if for example Ashley Wagner, Carolina, Alissa Suzuki had given up when they were 20 ish (as many thought they should) they would not have reached their peak. They ARE exceptions, but they are not true outliers- there are enough of them that it isn't like they are a total anomaly.

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    Yasmin Siraj probably will continue. I'm from the Boston area, and I remember when she was younger 13/14, everyone would say she would make an Olympic team. Funny how things can change. But I feel that she is still at the age where she potentially COULD turn things around. She's 17 now. Her posture/spins are incredible, I just wish she could fix those little jumps. A funny thing about Boston though, is that very rarely will skaters switch to another coach when they are taking from Mark and Peter. In this case, I think a coach change might help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    It's not that I disagree with anything you say, but despite the potential disadvantages to continuing vs the potential upsides, it is up to the skater (and if financially relevant, their families) to weigh these against one another and decide what they think is best for them to do, not us. Its their life.

    Also, if for example Ashley Wagner, Carolina, Alissa Suzuki had given up when they were 20 ish (as many thought they should) they would not have reached their peak. They ARE exceptions, but they are not true outliers- there are enough of them that it isn't like they are a total anomaly.
    Alissa Suzuki?

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