Why would anyone spend time feeling sorry for Irina? Irina has never felt sorry for herself and instead uses her energy for positive things like training her craft, competing and doing things that athletes do. There is no "feel sorry for Irina' attitude at ISFF either We feel nothing but respect and awe for this true gift to the sport. The strength with which she continues to deal with adversity continues to amaze us but in reality it shouldn't. Irina has always taken the obstacles in her life and turned them towards a benefit. It is an inate character she possess that is very rare. She tackles the obstacles head on and refuses to give up on herself or her skating. If not for her true grit, determination and love for what she does I do not think she'd be back on top even yet again. Her career accomplishments are what dreams are made of but what she's done just this year is worthy of top honors.
I'm not going to board drag but since this was already mentioned, I'll suggest to the poster that is of the opinion that ISFF is a big pity party for Irina that you simply not bother to waste the bandwidth of the forum by going. The bigger question is why you even bother to visit a board that you obviously loathe. It could not be good for your health and while we welcome visitors you could put a spin on the old saying...with visitors like that....
The deadhorse of where Irina chooses to live and train has already been beat to death too. Lucrative training deals for atheletes of Irina's stature are pretty common and if she so chose to she could have her pick of training base or place of residence. She has no desire to leave Moscow or Russia, in addition to her husband, she also has parents, homes and business obligations. She works for COI as an entertainer and a skater. It's not required that she be in love with the country or anybody or everybody in the US.
Actions do speak louder than words though and a couple things Irina did do after 9/11 was go the very next day to the Amercian Embassy in Moscow and leave flowers and candles, she also took time from her training schedule during the hectic Olympic year to come to New York and skate in the 9/11 Tribute Skate. (Something that even some US skaters did not take time to do)
It is possible to take remarks from any athelete or anybody out there and put a sinister or nasty spin on them. The only thing I can say about this type of negativity is that it is helpful in that it exposes bias by certain posters. The extent and effort that some people contrive to do this is ugly but again the exposure speaks volumes.. While the old saying "names changed to protect the innocent" is popular, names can be changed but purpose and intent tends to follow like a bad stinch. This stinch and odor bring sour memories of the summer and fall going into Olympics '02. But wait, it's not even spring yet.
As for Irina's comments not being an "official statement" How odd is it that that Irina's earlier purported remarks to newspapers are so flippantly quoted and bantered about as "gospel" but these latest remarks are "ignorable".
I still don't know where the rumor that Irina was retiring after Moscow 05 got its start but this statement does put that rumor to rest for good.
Whatever, call your bookies, '06 is Slute's last eligible year.