It's not remotely parallel. Kwan continued to compete from 2003 to 2006. She had a much lighter schedule than other athletes as she tended to skip the Grand Prix but she was at every Nationals and Worlds and she did other things. She was around and competing and training. She wasn't "coming back" during any of that time because she hadn't gone away. It wasn't until 2006 that she had to withdraw from everything and get medical byes. Evan hasn't competed in ages, not seriously, and is attempting to come back which is a completely different animal than continuing to compete while managing injuries.What he is doing is parallel to what she did in preparing for a third Olympics while injured.