I believe this year's World Championships is where Sasha Cohen is at a huge crossroad in her career. She must do well and place in the top 3 to continue down the developmental road to Champion skater to Torino as one of the favorites for Gold, eventually developing enough in her skating to be Olympic Champion OR will a falter to a top 6 finish lead to a downslide into the Olympic year, a non-podium finish at Torino and a typical pro career touring?
I do think the results for her, and her performance, is indeed pivotal at this point. It is a HUGE competition for her in the overall scheme of things.
The pressure has got to be enormous.
My prediction if things continue as they have been is the road to becoming the next Nicole Bobek on the tours. Famous to skating fans, lovely to watch and see perform, but not influencial in the development of figure skating as a sport, and not a Champion skater.
Sasha is an impressive skater, but not an important skater, in the history of the sport, sort of like artists, who can be great artists, but not important in art history a la Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, etc. She will never be as important to figure skating as Sonja, Elaine, Peggy, Dorothy, Michelle, Katarina, Dick or Midori, for example.