Next quad will be different- every 4 years there is a complete reset and I could see most of the world's current top teams retiring after Beijing. That'll be the youngsters' time to rise and shine.
I feel like the field post 2022 will be massively different - maybe more of a 2010 level of ID retirement compared to 2018
It's of course hard to completely tell, but we're on track for a European resurgence with fewer top North American teams. USFS has taken a very active role in developing pairs in the last quad or so. I hope they don't take their current status in ice dance for granted. Keeping 2-3 spots at Worlds after Beijing will be more of a fight than it has been and will require investment.
I also wonder if the Montreal camp will continue to play an outsized role in US Ice Dance when H/D and C/B decide to step away.
I'm convinced P/C will retire. I think S/K will stay in. Especially if they havent won worlds/GP final. As superficial as it is vika is eligible for the super slam. Plus she is only 25 right now
Just to clarify, he said he might be looking outside of the U.S.
I thought P/C would retire too but I heard that Romain H said they were going to continue? If they win Beijing I could see them retiring but they are still the youngest of the top tier. I think S/K will retire mainly due to his age- he'll be 30? in Beijing and I'm not sure if he'd compete until he was in his mid-thirties. Not that he should retire because of that, I hate it when people try to force retirement due to age.
Hm. Don't know what's happening with Irina Galiyanova. Did compete for Canada but does have Russian citizenship. Probably can't easily train in the U.S. (in the future) and her IPS notice doesn't indicate relocation is a possibility. Her age and height and experience would be in range for Vadym. It's the external factors that probably wouldn't be a match (funding, training) unless major changes happened to make that possible.