I think it is probably easy for richer skaters to have this choice but when it boils down to having enough money to skate or enough money to go to university the choice is not so clear cut. At some point you have to choose to make money rather than just spend what is probably your parent’s income. Skating does not provide a pension, or medical insurance or an income on which to borrow money for a mortgage etc. A person needs a job for all of these things and generally a university degree helps to secure a higher income.I’m so sad. I’ve never understood skaters quitting to go to school. One can go to school at 30, 40, 50, heck I know a lady who got a PhD in her 70s. There’s only so much time one can be a competitive skater.
He’s so young. Oh well. Best of luck to him. I’m sure he will make an excellent attorney.
The skating world is also a very small bubble. Perhaps the choice to leave and broaden your world view and horizons is very understandable. I know skaters travel the world to compete but what and who do they really experience away from the rinks. To take advantage of foreign travel and life experiences you have to have the time and generally an income to reallly immerse yourself.
I don’t know this young man’s personal circumstances but in his post he seems very happy with his choice and a happy choice is always a good choice.