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judgejudy27
05-01-2011, 05:20 AM
As for my guesses to who will retire:

Miki Ando
Brian Joubert (maybe after 2012 though)
Pechalat & Bourzat
Fumie Suguri

I dont think Kim or Mao have any plans to retire. Kim skated at about 45% of her potential at this years Worlds and still nearly won it, if she starts to actually train again she will be easily back on top unless the Russian babies come on gangbusters. Mao wouldnt do all that work to rework her technique then leave.

Jenna
05-01-2011, 05:21 AM
Even if P/B skated well and earned bronze, S/S would have been 4th which is no small feat for a team debuting at Senior Worlds!

I do agree with you saying that D/W should continue on. It seemed as though they could never place above a clean V/M and now that it happened once, perhaps they will gain a bit of momentum. S/S are still far from them..they have nothing to worry about.

judgejudy27
05-01-2011, 05:35 AM
I forgot to add some other retirements I predict:

Zhangs
Kavaguti & Smirnov (unfortunately, hope I am wrong)
Pang & Tong (also unfortunately if it happens)
Evora & Ladwig
Rachael Flatt (mostly due to school commitments)

and in the not too distant future (1 year max):

Caroline Zhang
Ashley Wagner
Kevin Reynolds
Cynthia Phaneuf
Maria Mukhortova

millipied
05-01-2011, 05:37 AM
I forgot to add some other retirements I predict:


Maria Mukhortova

???

judgejudy27
05-01-2011, 05:40 AM
If she cant find a partner up to her level, if she cant have a real shot of making it back onto a Russian World team, and if that is the case she cant released to skater for a less competitive country where she could atleast make the team, what would motivate her to continue.

judgejudy27
05-01-2011, 05:42 AM
Maria wont continue skating if what she is left with is trying to make the Russian team skating with Jerome Blanchards (with all due respect to him).

bek
05-01-2011, 05:50 AM
As for my guesses to who will retire:

Miki Ando
Brian Joubert (maybe after 2012 though)
Pechalat & Bourzat
Fumie Suguri

I dont think Kim or Mao have any plans to retire. Kim skated at about 45% of her potential at this years Worlds and still nearly won it, if she starts to actually train again she will be easily back on top unless the Russian babies come on gangbusters. Mao wouldnt do all that work to rework her technique then leave.

But does Kim have the motivation to do all the work to be on top again? Yu-na has already won everything. I can't imagine how stressfull it is with the Skate Mom from Hell, and the Yuna bots/entire nation of Korea putting all of that pressure on her. She might be able to win worlds next year if she trains, but it will be difficult once the younger Russian wonderbabes come on to the scene.

I think its perfectly understandable if Yu-na retires, and I get the feeling from her interviews that she kind of wants too.

Mao may stay in at least for another year to see if she can get to the place where she can win in Sochi. (If her results still go down hill then maybe she'll move on) But Mao has the motivation of OGM that she hasn't won.

judgejudy27
05-01-2011, 05:55 AM
If Yu Na knew this was her last year she would have probably gone all out to go out with a bang, which is obviously far removed from what she did this season. I doubt she wants to go out with a weak performance (for her) and a loss. And who knows how great the Russian babies will be or not in the coming years. I saw them skate at World Juniors though and both still have alot of improvement left at this point though.

orbitz
05-01-2011, 06:06 AM
But does Kim have the motivation to do all the work to be on top again? Yu-na has already won everything.

Seeing how Kim was tearing up on the medal podium, I have a strong hunch she will be very motivated to return next season and reclaim her world crown (but please don't use David Wilson :P). I can't imagine she is satisfied with losing Worlds back to back like this.



Mao may stay in at least for another year to see if she can get to the place where she can win in Sochi. (If her results still go down hill then maybe she'll move on) But Mao has the motivation of OGM that she hasn't won.

If Mao still has under-rotation issue next season then the OGM might be hopeless.

miki88
05-01-2011, 06:13 AM
Mao is definitely not retiring. She already set her goals for Sochi and she's not someone to give up halfway. This hasn't been a good season for her but I sense she might have been affected by the delay. Her error on the spin was really unexpected.

I'm not sure about Yuna. I mean if her goal was really to win back her title, wouldn't it have been smart to at least do 4CC? In interviews, she seemed to just want to perform for her fans. And since there are talks that pro-skating competition is coming back, I think she could retire and turn pro.

I heard Miki was taking the year off next season. But she may come back for Sochi.

bbkenn
05-01-2011, 07:26 AM
I suspect D/W. I would have also said V/M, but they probably don't want this to be their last season, since they practically didn't compete. And Worlds in 2 years are in Canada, so who knows. But D/W have achieved all there is, and with the Shibs coming up, it would seem like a good time to call it a career. And I'm sure both of them want to go back to school and finish their degrees.

I disagree. Yes, they'll be pushed, but I don't think we'll see retirements from either V&M or D&W. They are still very young, and still have alot to learn. I can't wait until next year.

bbkenn
05-01-2011, 07:27 AM
D/W would be crazy not to, the three spots next year could be easily filled by Shibs, Sam/Bates and Chock/Zir...



NO.

bbkenn
05-01-2011, 07:29 AM
Even if P/B skated well and earned bronze, S/S would have been 4th which is no small feat for a team debuting at Senior Worlds!

I do agree with you saying that D/W should continue on. It seemed as though they could never place above a clean V/M and now that it happened once, perhaps they will gain a bit of momentum. S/S are still far from them..they have nothing to worry about.

I am not sure a "clean" one shot V&M is the best standard. They need to beat them fair and square when both teams are at their best.

Loves_Shizuka
05-01-2011, 08:44 AM
I want Kim to stay, if only for selfish reasons. Sochi with Kim, a better Mao, Miki, Adelina, Liza plus the Americans, Kostner and a few others could be AMAZING.

However, I'm not sure about Yu-Na. Her heart, quite understandably doesnt seem in it. She's been under so much pressure, for so long, and achieved pretty much everything, that I sense the bubble has really burst for her. I have my doubts as to whether she has the strength, or desire, to get back that intensity back.

riveredge
05-01-2011, 09:13 AM
For selfish reason I want Yuna to stay. Simply because her LP has a potential. ;)

But the reality is I just want Yuna to enjoy her life. Like she said she wanted to travel, go to college this time, etc.