Rachael Flatt held a teleconference with reporters today and talked about her performance at NHK, upcoming goals for Skate America, and her future plans (so I figured it was appropriate to bump up this old thread ).
"In April, when I was making my decision on which college [to attend], I looked at my schedule for the next couple of months and realized I wasn't going to be home much," she said.
"I decided to take a little bit more time to make sure I set myself up well at a new training center [next season]. I need another year to kind of relax, take a breather...It's nice this year not having to stretch myself incredibly thin."
Returning to California, her home state, means a new training center, rink mates and schedule, all issues Flatt plans to deal with after this season ends.
"I think I'll spend some time next summer researching new training facilities, new places to work out, new physical therapy clinics, to make sure I'm all set up before I leave [for Stanford]," she said.