I'm surprised that everybody is attributing her retirement to her back injury. I thought it would be the case as well, but she said the injury had perfectly healed (here). It really was that her heart wasn't into it anymore. She said when she tried to think of what she still wanted to accomplish in skating, she couldn't come up with anything. She is at peace with her decision. It really seems to me that while the difficult season she had last year may not have helped, she is still retiring on her own terms.
She also added that the coaching change had nothing to do with her decision (from the same article).
Thanks for that info on Susan Humphreys Sequins! I always wondered about her.
I think Cynthia will be a great coach and she seems to be happy from her tweets.
These were the days of David Dore, who was someone's best friend when they were doing well, and dumped on them publicly when they were doing awful.I don't remember exact quotes but I do remember when Susan had to withdraw from the 97 Worlds with a major foot infection they weren't very supportive, almost critical or resentful. Susan struggled with an eating disorder and back injuries as well and it was always like Skate Canada had pinned their hopes on her and when she didn't fulfill their expectations they ditched her. Of course Canadian women struggled mightily during that period and they just never seemed to support or back any skater up and boost their confidence. Jennifer Robinson spoke about it as well how early in her career she took a lot of criticism and got dumped on. While she's never been my fave I admire her for her perserverance.
There is a story that Liz Manley told in a TV special where she was going through depression and losing her hair at the 1983 Canadians, and was on the World Team in 1982. She got a knock on her hotel door asking for her World Team jacket back after placing 4th in 1983 at Canadians by a CFSA official.
Susan also admitted that her coach (Christy Ness) pretty much dumped her after 1994 after she was injured and not performnig well and not supporting her.
No wonder we go through these slumps.... these athletes are people not toys!!
It's amusing to see that the posters with the most posts in this thread are the ones who seem so offended that someone as insignificant as Cynthia should hold a press conference. Without them this thread would have dropped to the second page
Clearly Skate Canada cared enough about Cynthia to hold a press conference, making an official announcement and providing awards. The advance notice helped ensure media would be present, and added an air of importance to the event. Her retirement has it's own thread here (how many pages are we up to so far?), at GS, and she has been discussed in an existing thread at the ISU board. There are probably many other boards, but these are the ones I usually visit. Whether you agree with it or not, obviously Skate Canada's strategy was effective.
I think Skate Canada utilized the press conference as a way to promote a new sponsor, a jewelry company. From the photos I've seen Cynthia was all dressed up and they made this big jewelry presentation to her.
When other skaters have retired in the past, Skate Canada has simply sent out a press release. This appears to have been a media platform for the jewelry co.
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I've not seen anything like it before or since. And I did find it very touching. It was nice to see Elvis end his Nationals career on a high note, after landing a 4-3 with his resurrected Bruce Lee program. His Olympics programs that year weren't great and I thought it sad way to go out, especially given that the Bruce Lee program was eight years old.
I'll certainly miss Cynthia and her skating. Always loved watching her, and respected her for the fight she has shown through the growth spurt and all of the injuries.
Good luck, Cynthia!
Interesting comparison to Susan Humphreys. I remember when she was at worlds, saying there was something wrong with her foot and her coaches were quoted as saying that it was all in her head. Then a doctor took a look at the foot and it was infected. One of her coaches was quoted next day and sounded embarrassed. Cannot have been easy for her to have a team around her that would not support her. I don't remember Skate Canada treating her kindly either; they had a "tough love" attitude back then, which doesn't work with everyone. But years later, there was an article about Susan in which she said she had made her peace with Skate Canada.
Skate Canada has changed since the 1990s.
In this thread I have said nothing but supportive things about Ms. Phaneuf. I wish her well, and success in her future. As I've stated from the start. Misread into it what you will. I've debated morons, and don't mind continuing it. Bring it.
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