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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    ^She may follow the Mao route - take this season off. But being older than Mao by an entire Olympic season almost (3.5 yrs.) and probably having accomplished all her realistic competitive goals (World and European Champ w/ multiple medals; Olympic medalist), my bet is that she retires. But not 100% sure.
    Kant remember correctly, BUT... both caro n Mao... won all medals: Olympics, World, Gran Prix, Nationals, Europe/4Continents. Am I right?
    AND... they have both set a new european/worl record? (Adelina S, are you taking note?).
    STILL, Caro is now at the same level of Irina Slutskaya: 8 Continental Medals. Seems like Sotkholm 2015 will allow her to break this record, too: 9 European medals IN A ROW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msadot View Post
    Kant remember correctly, BUT... both caro n Mao... won all medals: Olympics, World, Gran Prix, Nationals, Europe/4Continents. Am I right?
    AND... they have both set a new european/worl record? (Adelina S, are you taking note?).
    STILL, Caro is now at the same level of Irina Slutskaya: 8 Continental Medals. Seems like Sotkholm 2015 will allow her to break this record, too: 9 European medals IN A ROW.
    Interesting. I guess it will depend on whether she is competitive with statistics. But, many skaters are more into the process and listening to their bodies.

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    Interview published on June 11: http://it.opinionspost.com/carolina-...o-lintervista/

    Google translation: http://translate.google.com/translat...o-lintervista/
    Kostner - From the Olympics, I never stop because I'm from a commitment to each other. I have not had the peace of mind well decide how to move forward.
    Kostner performed in "Denis Ten & Friends" in late May/early June - thread with photos/videos in GSD: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...en-amp-Friends

    She is scheduled to skate in a benefit (2 shows) in El Segundo, California, on July 19 - event thread in GSD: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...-Segundo-Calif

    September 20-21, 2014 in Verona, Italy: http://www.operapoponice.com/intimissimi/index_eng.html
    Last edited by Sylvia; 06-14-2014 at 11:58 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Thank you, Sylvia.

    She is scheduled to skate in a benefit (2 shows) in El Segundo, California, on July 19 - event thread in GSD: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...-Segundo-Calif
    This is interesting. Even the most famous from the European skaters rarely, if ever, perform in USA. Russian skaters like Gordeeva, Kulik and Yagudin who live or have lived in USA, also the Kerrs who live in USA too are rare exceptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauravvv View Post
    Thank you, Sylvia.

    This is interesting. Even the most famous from the European skaters rarely, if ever, perform in USA. Russian skaters like Gordeeva, Kulik and Yagudin who live or have lived in USA, also the Kerrs who live in USA too are rare exceptions.
    Gordeeva and Kulik have always be in such high demand that are the ones who pick and choose when to skate in a show.
    Famous european skaters have always been invited to skate in USA, to name a few T&D, Irina Slutskaya, Surya Bonaly, Steven Cousins, Katerina Witt, Belousova and Protopopov and the list goes on.
    This is a show were the are inviting Olympic Medalist, since Kostner is a medalist she has been invited. it's not a rare exception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trouble77 View Post
    Gordeeva and Kulik have always be in such high demand that are the ones who pick and choose when to skate in a show.
    Famous european skaters have always been invited to skate in USA, to name a few T&D, Irina Slutskaya, Surya Bonaly, Steven Cousins, Katerina Witt, Belousova and Protopopov and the list goes on.
    This is a show were the are inviting Olympic Medalist, since Kostner is a medalist she has been invited. it's not a rare exception.
    I didn't know that it's a show for Olympic medalists. Otherwise, I was not talking about the skaters of the past (of course, Slutskaya is still skating), and what happened in the past when professional competitions were held in USA. I know very well that Olympic and World medalists from Russia and the rest of the Europe were frequently invited to USA then. I was talking about the current situation. Even if European skaters are still invited to USA, it is mostly to small shows that we rarely hear about. Kostner herself has been a famous skater for a long time, although she became an Olympic medalist just now, but this is the first time when I have read on this forum or somewhere else that she has been invited to USA. Even such skaters as Savchenko/Szolkowy and Stephane Lambiel skated in USA only when Yuna invited them to her LA show, although I am sure that many skating fans would like/would have liked to see them there again. I haven't read anything about Volosozhar/Trankov being invited to a USA show so far either. And the list goes on.

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    The show in L.A. is a benefit and fundraiser for Nick LaRoche's foundation, and it's great that Kostner has agreed to help out this year, along with the other Olympic, World, and National medalists and competitors. I don't believe the skaters are being paid to skate here, although their expenses are being covered.
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    GSD thread started earlier today: Kostner has announced she will not compete in 2014-15

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleonorad View Post
    Carolina Kostner announced today on her official facebook page that she will not take part of the 2014-2015 competitive season, while she wants to be part of on-ice galas and shows, continue her studies at the University and spend more time with friends and family.

    She doesn't mention coming back for the 2015-2016 season, but we can still hope for it

    Some more links:

    http://www.neveitalia.it/sport/figur...r-una-stagione

    ENG http://www.snowalps.com/sport/figure...r-una-stagione
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    I didn't even think there was even a question of Kostner competing next season. However, if Kostner does end up, against all odds, competing in the 2015-2016 season, I would absolutely love it. I'm hoping to save enough money to attend Boston worlds and Kostner being there (in good form) would make it all worth the price of admission.
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    ^ I don't know if we will see her in competition again. She will be turning 29 during the 2015 - 16 season, but I would think she has accomplished all of her competitive goals. I wish her the best. I really grew to like her over the last few years

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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    ^ I don't know if we will see her in competition again. She will be turning 29 during the 2015 - 16 season, but I would think she has accomplished all of her competitive goals. I wish her the best. I really grew to like her over the last few years
    Yeah, it would probably be much better if she didn't. If she retires from eligible skating now, she would have ended on a high note with a huge amount of fans (many of whom she gained this past quad), and even proved that you don't have to be washed up in your late 20s.
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    I can't see Carolina coming back to compete again. The new girls PCS will rise even more now that the veterans aren't around to keep them down and Carolina's PCS is the only advantage she still had over the younger girls. She was having trouble keeping up with the jumps that they can do and i don't think a repeat of her FS at Worlds they would be willing to reward her like that now that a new era has begun especially with her taking a year off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    I can't see Carolina coming back to compete again. The new girls PCS will rise even more now that the veterans aren't around to keep them down and Carolina's PCS is the only advantage she still had over the younger girls. She was having trouble keeping up with the jumps that they can do and i don't think a repeat of her FS at Worlds they would be willing to reward her like that now that a new era has begun especially with her taking a year off.
    True. IMO, TPTB and judging panels have a pattern of showing skaters the door who overstay, usually in the form of PCS and levels deflation

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    Great new interview with Carolina on Inside Skating: http://www.insideskating.net/2014/07...-in-my-skating

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    Thanks for sharing the interview, very interesting!

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    Thanks for sharing that article. It was lovely to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jiggs View Post
    Great new interview with Carolina on Inside Skating: http://www.insideskating.net/2014/07...-in-my-skating
    Thank you! I thought it deserved its own thread in GSD since not everyone visits this part of the forum: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...y-skating-quot
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    Quote Originally Posted by VIETgrlTerifa View Post
    I didn't even think there was even a question of Kostner competing next season. However, if Kostner does end up, against all odds, competing in the 2015-2016 season, I would absolutely love it. I'm hoping to save enough money to attend Boston worlds and Kostner being there (in good form) would make it all worth the price of admission.
    She is so fast and smooth. She would be one of the most wonderful to see live. Just wondering are you a fan of Kostner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joubertelegant View Post
    She is so fast and smooth. She would be one of the most wonderful to see live. Just wondering are you a fan of Kostner?
    I became a huge fan of Kostner in the past four years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VIETgrlTerifa View Post
    I became a huge fan of Kostner in the past four years.
    Interesting. So you weren't before then? Was that due to her held up reputation she used to have (which I think she shed the last 4 years, minus the 2014 worlds everyone pretty much agreed with her placements and sometimes wuzrobbed even).

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