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alij
07-06-2012, 04:55 PM
Couldn't see this link anywhere else

http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2012/07/06/Ice-skating-world-champ-Kostner-considering-quitting_7151508.html

as a Carolina fan I would be sad to see this from a selfish point of view but wish her luck whatever course she takes.

Sylvia
07-06-2012, 05:01 PM
This is also being discussed in the Kostner thread in the Trash Can: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?p=3613795#post3613795

There are a several Italian articles reporting that Carolina is considering to quit competitive skating. Nothing is official yet, apparently there is a press conference scheduled for the beginning of next week where she will announce her future plans.

arakwafan2006
07-06-2012, 05:08 PM
To read her use words like sacrifice to describe her choice to skate and not live a normal life hits me in my core. She has done so much, and has so much more to do that i would not blame her for going out on an extremely high note. I wish her the best and would understand whatever decision she makes. This past year she dominated the circuit like Kim did.

Good luck Kostner.

kirkbiggestfan
07-06-2012, 05:14 PM
She finished 9th and 16th at the Olympics...you would think that it would motivate her to finish on a high note in Sochi.

Ziggy
07-06-2012, 05:25 PM
She finished 9th and 16th at the Olympics...you would think that it would motivate her to finish on a high note in Sochi.

With all the young skater coming up and now Kim announcing her return too, I think that she must realise that it wouldn't be easy for her to medal.

IceIceBaby
07-06-2012, 05:33 PM
This is sad news. It feels sort of an end of an era especially from a European perspective. :(

bmcg
07-06-2012, 05:35 PM
It reminds me of Jeff Buttle. People couldn't understand why he would retire with the next Olympics in Canada but he didn't have the motivation anymore to put all the time in training. It sounds similar to Carolina and in a way they are similar skaters. I think sheŽll be very happy in the next stage of her life/career just as Buttle seems extremely happy with his. I think she is making a wise decision (a little premature but why bring it up if you aren't seriously about to retire).

Marta24
07-06-2012, 05:36 PM
I am a Carolina Kostner uber since I first saw her at the 2003 European Championships. I think if she decides to retire I would be very sad, but after all the highs and lows of her career I could understand it.

caseyedwards
07-06-2012, 05:39 PM
She could wait until after the Sochi Olympics but if she is in a place where retiring after winning worlds is fulfilling for her than more power to her! Like Sarah Meier won Euros and than didn't go to worlds. I think that was before worlds was even delayed. It just wasn't part of the picture.

Skittl1321
07-06-2012, 05:45 PM
I am thinking the word is likely a translation issue- but I don't think she could be considered to be "quitting" at this point. Retiring, maybe.

If she chooses to not compete any longer, I won't consider her to be a quitter for not making it to through the Olympic cycle. She has achieved fantastic things. I think it is fine to go out on a high note.

alij
07-06-2012, 05:49 PM
I am thinking the word is likely a translation issue- but I don't think she could be considered to be "quitting" at this point. Retiring, maybe.

If she chooses to not compete any longer, I won't consider her to be a quitter for not making it to through the Olympic cycle. She has achieved fantastic things. I think it is fine to go out on a high note.


Must admit I hadn't even taken quitting in this context to mean anything other than leaving the competitive scene on a high note, more than many she has proven throughout her career that she is anything but a quitter.

Ziggy
07-06-2012, 05:53 PM
Yeah, she's competed for so many years now. Given how successful her last season was, it's the perfect moment to finish her competitive career.

kwanatic
07-06-2012, 06:01 PM
I agree with the whole "go out on a high note" thing. Carolina's win at worlds was refreshing. It was great to see solid jumps and superb presentation beat out a display of jumps and nothing else.

However, with the younger crop of skaters entering the field and stronger competitors returning (Miki, Yu-Na) it might be good for Carolina to make her exit now. I think if she continues to compete she would still be a medal threat; based on her PCS alone, she's a medal threat. But I doubt very much that this year's worlds will be anything like last year's. The technical content will be high and high risk, and in order for Carolina to compete, she'd have to reintroduce her lutz and flip back into her arsenal. Didn't she forego surgery on her knee b/c of those two jumps? Maybe she's weighing whether or not it's worth it at this point.

I can't see her winning in Soichi...top 5 probably. If she does decide to hang up her skates, she couldn't have picked a better time in her career to do it. I've gained a real appreciation for her skating these last two years so I'd be sad to see her go. But to go out on top...there's no beating that.

shine
07-06-2012, 06:06 PM
I hope not. Kostner and Suzuki are the reason I even watch the ladies. Now it's going to be dominated by teeny boppers that I cannot relate to and simply do not care for. Sigh....... Oh and what's worse, the Queen and her ubers are coming back.

olympic
07-06-2012, 06:09 PM
^I agree.

She is an Italian national champ, multi-European Champ, and now a World Champ. She has been a top Senior competitor since 2003 (I remember her Bambi-like in DC at '03 Worlds in the final group of ladies). So, if she wants to retire on a high note after all that, all power to her.

She probably knows that an Olympic medal in '14 will involve 3-3's and a 3z, and may be her body is telling her that it won't take too much more punishing work-outs, stressful competitions, long seasons, etc ...