We have been ranking skaters' performances but how about ranking skaters' life after skating? Some retired skaters are doing very well in a life totally non-skating-related but a few seem to have gone nowhere.
I am also hoping this thread's discussion will give us some insight on what our former favorites are doing now.
Since this is about life-after skating, I don't think those who have become full-time skating coaches, choreographers, etc. should be in this list.
1. Loren Galler Rabinowitz (from ice dancing medalist to Miss Massachusetts), man, talk about a gorgeous and dramatic transition! +3 GOE
2. Michelle Kwan (Public Diplomacy Envoy, graduate school student, summer ice show participant, what life can get better than this?)
3. Boitano (having your own cooking show is pretty darn cool)
4. If I must pick a doctor on the list, I will pick Debi Thomas. I listened to her manleywoman skatecast and I'm just impressed as to how she seems to have such professionalism in everything she does
5. If Johnny is not coming back (big if) then I'll say he's doing fairly well for himself. I mean, talk shows, reality show, and writing a book and so on, and yes, an occasional show here and there. If he keeps this up, I'll bump him up my list. But if he doesn't, well, there's always a skating-related life...
I know I've ignored a lot of very successful doctors, lawyers, accountants and so on, but I want to point out a few "unusual" paths that I can think of. If you know of other good life-after-skating, I'm happy to adjust my list.
I thought about the 5 worst life after skating too, but then we'll all end up with more or less the same names.