They are waiting to make decision beyond next season.
I feel like they should have thought this through and and a decision before Sochi and announced it. I feel like athletes who announce their retirement kinda falls into a limbo state and ends up not getting the respect and attention they deserve when they actually retire. Yuna Kim also was dragging after winning OGM and constantly mentioned how she suffered from lack of motivation, and that she only decided to go to Sochi to not only give her coaches and her fellow Korean skaters Olympic experience but to put a nice end to her career, thus gold was not necessarily important but participation itself mattered. I was surprised and awed that Yuna actually held up against competition. I hope the two ice dance couples and Mao and other skaters can be able to do the same so that we fans can send the off properly.
I wonder if Tessa and Scott will skate next season, maybe for a shot at one last world title? Have they announced their plans yet?
As for Mao, if her winning the WC in front of a home crowd of 18,000 people isn't considered a proper send-off, then I don't what is. I'm sure many of her fans knew that this could very well be her last competitive skate and was prepared for it.
I do have this wonder though if maybe Tessa and Scott may come back for a season....maybe not 2014/2015, but sometime after that? They seemed so ready to retire going into Sochi, but then post-Sochi I feel like as time goes on they seem less and less sure about that (when they speak in interviews)...
I'm sad but feel that this is the best choice for Meryl and Charlie. They have worked unceasingly for more than half their lives, and they're not teenagers. It's time for them to experience other things, and also for them to enjoy the fruits of their labors, such as TV appearances and more glamorous events, both skating and non-skating.
D/W have not technically retired. They still intend to continue skating. In the old days, they would have announced at this point that they are going "pro" there just isn't such a thing as "pro" anymore. These days, skaters spend four years after their Olympic swan song pretending that they might go back to competition at any time so they can continue to get attention and endorsements.I feel like athletes who announce their retirement kinda falls into a limbo state and ends up not getting the respect and attention they deserve when they actually retire.
Like Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek, they'll probably do a whole lot of interviews in 2017 hinting that they are gearing up for the Olympics...It won't happen, but the attention will get them some good Coke, Visa and Ralph Lauren endorsements at the 2018 games.
I'm curious, is the amount of funding a skater/pair team/dance team receives from a sponser ever made public? I suspect they do quite well, not to say that it isn't well deserved considering all the money, time and effort put in throughout a skating career in order to get to the top.
I am very interested to find out what projects they plan for the fall season. The Disson shows were already planned before Sochi. During Sochi interviews, they were talking about taking a full course load in the fall; so I am hoping we'll see some unexpected programs.
They completely deserve their break. I wasn't expecting them to return anyway, but it would be awesome if they did. I don't think I'm quite ready to let them go. But I'm that way with a lot of skaters.