Also, I have to say I admire his will and perseverance. The Games might have beaten him, but they certainly haven't broken him. I sincerely wish him some more medals before he retires so he can leave with a good feeling about his career.
The post-Sochi retirements will kill me too. Dance without V/M and D/W, pairs without S/S will not be the same anymore. I got used to having these guys around to ensure us with great competitions. Also, the V/T possible retirement. We have had them for such a short period that it will be painful to see them go. Saying goodbye to Takahashi, Joubert, even Verner, to Mao and even Carolina will end a certain period, a skating era. I'm seriously not looking forward to spring 2014.