I don't know why you'd be pretty sure of that. In 94, Kwan clearly stated she wanted to compete at 3 Olympics (Nancy Kerrigan relayed that story again at last year's Nationals), and right before 1998, Kwan said she'd want to continue even if she won gold in Nagano. Before 2002, she speculated that she'd be around as an eligible skater until 2007. Of course she still lives day be day, but she's certainly given indication that the pure feeling of competition is what drives her. Of course she wants to win, but she skates more for herself, because that's the only thing she can control.Originally Posted by Peggy
There are some things out of a skater's control. Winning is not within the control of a skater due to a little thing known as judging. All a skater can do is skate their absolute best. So if the focus is on skating a clean and inspired program RATHER than "I have to skate to win", perhaps that would be a mindset that would take some of the pressure off Sasha. She's got to stop skating to win (which she can't control), and start skating with the goal of executing all her planned elements well. Ironically, such an approach would most likely garner her gold medals.