Shawn Sawyer Calls It A Career

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  1. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar New Member

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  2. a56

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    I'm not surprised. I'm a little sad, but at the same time, I'm happy for him because he seems so excited about starting his career in shows and exhibitions. Best of luck to him. :)
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  3. MikiAndoFan#1

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    :wuzrobbed :fragile: I was hoping I'd see his LP at Worlds. :( My best wishes to Shawn!
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  4. floskate

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    I called this the other day when talking with a friend after I heard he had chosen CSOI over Worlds. His skates at Nationals were the best of his career. I wish him the best of luck in his professional career. He deserves a great one!! :cheer:
  5. BittyBug

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    With so few professional skating gigs these days, I'm thrilled that Shawn has such a wonderful opportunity with CSOI. This was indeed a bonus season, for him and his fans, and I'm grateful for having been able to enjoy both his tango short and his singular Mad Hatter free skate. But this guy was born to perform, so I feel like his best may be yet to come. :)
  6. Rock2

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    ...and Samson has an injury so that means Lacoste and Reynolds are stepping onto the world team. I hope they'll both be ready!

    I guess for Shawn he has to look at the big picture. If he turns down CSOI to compete at worlds he might not get another shot. He absolutely cannot miss the chance to jump start his pro career so I completely get it and wish him well.
  7. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    I'm so glad I got to see Shawn's SP live twice this sesason, and his Mad Hatter LP once (I'm still bittah that I was on a ferry home during the Canadian Men's LP :fragile: ).

    I'm sad Shawn isn't going to be at Worlds, but :cheer2: that he's going out on his own terms, and that he is able to get a nice show career out of it. He truly is an artist on the ice.

    May he never have to attempt a 3A again :cheer2:
  8. Jenny

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    Going out on a high note was the best possible thing for Shawn - personally, for his fans, and definitely for his career. Hopefully we may look forward to many, many more years of seeing him skate.
  9. Rex

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    We'll always have "Warsaw Concerto"...good luck to Shawn, one of the most interesting skaters to come out of Canada.
  10. Rob

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    At least he gets to make a choice between 2 good things - Worlds and a pro job. Well done!
  11. blue_idealist

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    As long as he's still going to skate in shows, etc. I'm happy!
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  12. Skate Talker

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    Best Wishes to Shawn - thank you for brightening our lives for so many years in the competitive arena. Long live your professional career, be it performance, choreography, coaching, painting, or whatever you may choose.
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  13. Rock2

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    ...and, Shawn, please always remember: in the pros there are few clothing restrictions!
    So, um, feel free to innovate as you wish :cool:
  14. Mevrouw

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    Just do the Mad Hatter frequently and many of us will be happy. Also Mozart and any other program you love. It will be WONDEFUL to be able to see your performances for years to come. I hope you get to do SOI in the US too.
  15. skatesindreams

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    This!
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  16. victoriajh

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    i wish PJ had not said 'walks away' i feel like shawn gave his carreer his ALL and is nbot walking away from anything he is retiring after a long and sucesful carreer and season!
    good for him and I think he was made to shows- cant wait to see waht he does next- seeing his LP at canadians this year was a highlight for me!! great job shawn!!!
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  17. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    CBC Sports may have written that headline. PJ Kwong didn't use "walk away" in her actual blog article.

    I have fond memories of watching a young Shawn compete at the 2002 JGP in Montreal. I wish him all the best in his performing career!
  18. Dave of the North

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    Best wishes to Shawn. He was probably the most successful singles skater to come out of NB (Eric Gillies being the most successful overall).

    Random genealogical factoid - I wondered how a Francophone like Shawn had an English last name - figured his family has assimilated eons go, but found that Sawyer can be a dit name for Jaillet...
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    I'll miss seeing him. May he enjoy a long and prosperous pro career.
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  20. eusebius

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    Lots of Francophones both in Quebec and NB have English names, though it's perhaps less common to have both an English first and last name as Shawn does. Like a lot of Edmundstonians he is fluent in English as well, IIRC.

    Wishing Shawn the very best for his professional career!
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  21. victorskid

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    I first saw Shawn when he participated in Toller Cranston's farewell show at Varsity Arena in Toronto. He was the young man to whom the various skaters demonstrated their special skill. During the show he sat on a chair at the side of the ice just a couple of rows in front of where I was sitting. Because of the way the show was edited (at Toller's direction I heard), much of the on-ice interaction and performances didn't make it to TV. That's unfortunate because it was a very special show.

    A few years later I was pleased to meet Shawn when he came to train at the Minto Skating Club and enjoyed watching him interact with skaters such as Brian Orser & Lynn Nightingale. He was invited by Brian to participate in a number of shows at quite a young age and I believe that helped him develop into the performer we've all enjoyed.

    Best of luck to him as he goes on to new challenges!
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  22. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    Why couldn't Shawn have competed at Worlds and then joined the CSOI tour? :confused:

    :wuzrobbed

    :(
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  23. Really

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    Good for Shawn...I hope he has a long and happy professional career!
  24. The Accordion

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    I am so grateful to have seen him skate at Nationals this year - particularly his glorious Freeskate! Best of luck Shawn!!!
  25. ioana

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    It would have been nice if he'd skated at Worlds again, but at the same time it would be really hard to replicate the kind of performance he gave at Canadian Nationals. I'll miss his Mad Hatter program...In the meantime, here's young Shawn in Toller's farewell show
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  26. victorskid

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    Yes, that was the 12 year old Shawn, already showing that flexibility and personna. It was a great show, seen live. The TV version, as I said earlier, was not as great as there was too much backstage stuff.
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    Gee, I would love for Shawn to participate in the US SOI tour!
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  28. siberia82

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    Worlds and CSOI are taking place at the same time.
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  29. PUNKPRINCESS

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    Wishing Shawn well.
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  30. PeterG

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    Sorry, I meant to say, "Why couldn't Shawn have competed at Worlds and then joined the CSOI tour?"

    :p
  31. Mevrouw

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    $$ and that is a reasonable consideration for a skater who is turning pro. No more federation support and it's either skate in shows or get some other job. So if CSOI wanted him for all or none of the shows, he's made a good choice. No use in annoying what could be your major employer for years to come.

    And the truth is that at Worlds, he might have made top 10 but perhaps not. So there was not much to gain. I think he's made a wise decision and I wish him many years of success.
  32. AragornElessar

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    Okay...After starting the thread yesterday before a very hectic day away from home and then spending most of last night upstairs watching the Blue Jays Home/Season Opener w/my Dad (His health is not at all good and it's a very real possiblity that was the last time I get to do that w/him), I've got my thoughts in order to be able to post.

    I think.

    This is rather a bittersweet moment for me, as I saw Shawn win his Jr Title back in 2002 in Hamilton, and so this makes the first time a skater that I've followed from that far back (and not from the Sudbury area/region and home. That was an entirely different matter. :) ) and through their career in the Eligible ranks has retired. The potential was literally beaming from him and I looked forward to seeing how Shawn would do.

    The only thing that truly held him back was that #@%$#$ Triple Axel and I really think those two magical performances from Victoria where Shawn finally kicked those demons to the curb just couldn't be topped. Those axels were finally there and due to that, Shawn was able to just let everything fly. And did that ever show those two nights in January.

    I'm very happy that he's leaving on his terms and no one else's. Most importantly, I'm thrilled that he's happy about it all. Shawn says he has no regrets and that his decision to come back for this season really ended up as the best thing to do. as he didn't want to end things on the sour note last year was for him and who can blame him for that? I also don't think that any fan of any skater or team could wish for more for their favourite/s when all is said and done.

    It's been such fun, as well as a bit of frustration due to just wanting it for him as much as he did, over the last nine years to watch Shawn develop and shine out there. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what he's going to show us now there's no rules from Shawn to need to work around.

    Good Luck Shawn on the next chapter of your journey through life. You're going to be missed on the Eligible scene, but can't wait to see what's coming up in the area of Skating you were born for. :)
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  33. kristel01

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    I like this interview. His words are wise, calm, concrete. The words of a great athlete.

    Absolutely....Warsaw Concerto forever :)
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    Wishing Shawn a great professional career! Such a creative, unusual skater should thrive as a professional, and I hope he has many years on CSOI ahead of him. So many of his programs are truly memorable. I will miss him. Thank you Shawn!
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  35. Vash01

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    Shawn will be a great show skater. He won't have to worry about landing jumps, and he will bring a lot to the performance with his other skills.
  36. genevieve

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    :rofl: "I don't really teach anymore...have you ever heard of Christopher Bowman?" :rofl:

    very lovely skating from both of them, but I agree, the edits were annoying. Must have been amazing live.
  37. aaron

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    I love it! The last conversation is so cute :) Thanks for sharing.
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  38. figuristka

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    I was really impressed meeting Shawn at a tour in Chilliwack, so down to earth and extremely friendly. Then being able to watch him live at National's this year was thrilling. He is so creative. I was looking so forward to the mad hatter program again at World's but i think he should be in high demand for shows as a performer.Will have to look for SOI tickets. Hopefully he skates in shows for many years to come.
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  39. aliceanne

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    Sad. My kind of skater (showman) and I will probably never get to see him again as I am not Canadian.
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