Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by reese, Nov 19, 2013.
Withdraws from Sectionals
Sad! From the article it sounds like it's not due to injury. She is burned out and doesn't want to compete anymore. It's almost like 'end of an era'. She will make a fabulous exhibition/pro skater.
Not surprising but still sad.
That's a shame. I wish her well.
If anyone would like to send Alissa a message of support: http://figureskatersonline.com/alissaczisny/site/contact/
This is her official FB fan page: https://www.facebook.com/alissa.czisny
IMHO, she could have saved her sponsors' money, her coaches' time and effort and saved herself a year of agony had she accepted her fate when diagnosed and retired.
So sweet! Please be sure to send her a message of support.
What an attitude, PairSk8Fan
I don't share your interpretation - from the press release:
"It's a tough decision for me not to compete at sectionals this week. I've given my very best to make a full recovery and a successful comeback to competition, but I'm simply not yet completely prepared to be competitive. I've made great progress, and all the elements are returning, but it's been slow and I cannot rush the process without risking further injury.
... It breaks my heart that I will not be competing this season."
That is very disappointing. I hope she has a successful show career.
"She's one of the most exquisite skaters of all time"
One year is tiny compared to a lifetime of what-ifs. And you act as if her coaches were victims. They were compensated for their time and have no reason to be upset, nor do you, for that matter.
It definitely sounds like the injury held her back this year. She must be devastated. Hopefully she has a strong support system and can talk to other skaters who went on to live healthy, happy lives despite never making the Olympics.
I think it's pretty clear that Alissa loves to skate. While qualifying for the Olympics was clearly her goal, I don't think there's anything wrong with her making the attempt to come back from injury, even if it was a long shot.
I'm not sure I agree with the poster who said she sounded burned out. Senior ladies at mids was shaping up to be very competitive, and it sounds like Alissa was not in the form she wanted to be to have the best shot at qualifying for nationals. Better to withdraw than to not qualify, at this point in her career.
Yeah? Why? Because I would not wish the year of physical and emotional agony she went through on anyone?
Skating fans are totally selfish and greedy. Most of you just could not give up wanting to see her skate, even if it meant she would be suffering.
I think the way your phrased it, with her well-being being the last concern made it seem a bit heartless; though perhaps you didn't mean it that way. Her sponsors weren't withdrawing their money, so clearly they didn't think it was wasted, and her coaches weren't doing this pro-bono (or at least they aren't usually) so their time wasn't wasted, it was paid for. Saving a year of agony is the only reason to wish she called it quits sooner.
I must have rushed when I read it, and must have skipped this portion.
Wishing Alissa a long and injury-free professional career in skating, if that's what she wants. She is exquisite. Wishing her a happy life wherever it takes her.
I'm sad but I wish her the best and hope she gets some great show skating opportunities.
I can't blame her for trying again and again for a long time until she was convinced that she can't be competitive.
It isn't for you to judge my motives.
All the best Alissa.
Although everyone else is letting your "go f%ck yourself" insult slide, I just can't do the same. Anger issues much?
Stop feeding the loser, people.
"ending season" doesn't read "retiring" to me. She says she was getting better but not fast enough. I assume she is not giving up coming back to competition in the future, i.e., next season.
I was hoping for the fairy-tail ending, but She's been nothing but an ambassador for resilience and perseverance. I hope she returns back to competition in a year or on to end her career in her own terms.
This. Alissa has had a great career, so I hope she doesn't feel any sense of regret looking back on her competitive career if this indeed was her final year (it may not be if she wishes to continue). I know she didn't make an Olympic team but she has represented the US so well over the years in other major competitions. She should be proud of herself.
Uncertain is what she says. My guess is we've seen the last of her competitively, especially since she emphasized wanting to continue skating by performing in shows, but I suppose she might attempt to come back. I highly doubt it though.
Ignore the troll and it will go away.
You really are onto something with this whole saving oneself effort and agony. As such, PairSk8Fan, meet my Ignore list. Ignore List, please meet PairSk8Fan.
So sorry to hear that but understandable.
Amid the obvious struggles she's given some beautiful performances to look back on, and will always remember those. Thank you Alissa.
Alissa has been a class act throughout her career.
Wishing the best for her in the future.
Where's the like button.
(PairsSk8Fan might be another poster for the ignore list. Doesn't look like the posts add much value IMHO)
I have always loved Alissa's skating. Even if she never "jumped" she has a beautiful style on the ice. I wish her the best and hope she is very happy regardless of what she does next. She's a smart young woman with a lot of options in front of her.
It would be nice if Alissa tried to come back for 2016 Worlds since they would be in Boston, but either way she's had a long career & always was a skater I enjoyed watching. Best of luck to her in whatever she decides to do!
For those of you wondering how to "ignore" it's in your settings.
We really have no idea how much "agony" Alissa went through. And these are tough athletes who love skating. They do not give up easily, nor do they want to have regret. Alissa did not have an automatic career-ending injury and was capable of returning to skating. Why shouldn't she have tried? I applaud her.
I just hope that she was truly unable to get back, rather than just in need of an extra month's worth of training. It's sad when skaters are forced to either rush back quicker than they should, or end their seasons in Oct or Nov when Nationals isn't until January. Even for skaters with major international experience, there are no other options. This is just another instance that reminds me how much I dislike this qualifying system. Oh well.
Awww, my mom will be sad. She adopted Alissa while volunteering at Nationals in San Jose since she was so sweet and humble.
It's hard for an athlete to admit that they aren't physically ready to go back to training competitively (let alone competing) and would be risking further injury to continue. You hope your body recovers in time but you just don't know if it will. Best of luck to her, whatever she decides to do next.
My best wishes to Alissa. I hope she is able to fully recover, skate in shows, and compete again if that is what she chooses.
Just a word of caution - the figureskatersonline link in post #5 is giving me a virus warning so be careful of using it!
So sad to hear!
She has given so much to the sport. Truly heartbreaking that she won't be able to make a run for the Olympics.
Does the fifth-place finisher at EGL Regional take her place at Mids?
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