I understand where you are coming from @BlissfulSynergy And i think Vanessa is very talented. They could have challenged for a medal absolutely. However, I think they called it a career after the revelations about him. It is disappointing that Vanessa cannot continue because of his behaviour. And i say that with full vulnerability that i have been a victim of much sexual abuse/coercion/psychological and physical abuse by coaches. I believe for her to continue she would most definitely have to find a new partner. One with integrity and accountability. They did great things in skating. She did great things. Love and Light.Pardon me, but I disagree with what you are expressing, which may not be a criticism in your eyes, but it comes across very much like a putdown. There's no necessity to like J/C and their skating nor to think they could have been in a position to win the Olympics in France, but to suggest they "could end up near the bottom of the top ten," is a very dismissive comment. They certainly would not belong there on merit after all the strides they made, and after all the influential style and movement aesthetics they brought to their skating, that became their signature over the last several seasons of their career.
Vanessa has her own brand of grit and determination. Only Aliona is Aliona, and that's as it should be. Only Duhamel is Duhamel, naturally. Only Vanessa is Vanessa, c'est bien! Thanks to the skating gods for Vanessa's abounding grace, determination and courageous battle to carve out a successful career in this difficult, and very political sport.