I think some posters on here would be happier if she had followed the "Weir" path..
(AKA as "try to become a celebrity for being outrageous")
The fact is that most "sports" stars in ANY sport often don't "leave" the sport. Sometimes it's because they love it and want to give back, but sadly it's often because they feel they have NO other options. Having dedicated thier life to the sport they may feel they have no options to "prepare" to do anything else. Yes, Michelle's earnings made it easier to go to college, but that's not to say other elite athletes couldn't do it the same way most of us did (debt, scholarships, part time jobs etc....)
Look at the thread on one of Michlle's "peers" on this very board. Fumie Surgi was skating at the same time as Michelle. It now appears to the outsider that Fumie is unable to "move on" She didn't achieve the "goal" and keeps trying when it appears that the goal is actually moving farther away not closer. Michelle's goal appeared to be Olympic Gold Medal, but she was able to make that break.