I do think he still has a lot to give to the sport...creatively. Jeremy would be a fine choreographer, and I could see him doing very well with that. I'll be happy to see him if he does decide to continue competing, but I think his best days for that are behind him.
I hope Jeremy stays just to piss you all off. (and even better if he keeps us from having to watch Max at Worlds again )
A team of Josh, Jason, Jeremy would be the 3 Js. Hopefully Josh stays healthy and Jason doesn't discover his rebellious side.
Jeremy (for all intents and purposes) got the Men's team 3 spots at Worlds. He had his first season ever where he did better at Worlds than on the GP. He's said in interview after interview how much he loves competition. With a good season, his PCS would come up. He's almost 29 and got several personal bests this season.
I still think he'll retire because of his injuries.
But a 3 J team would sure be beautiful to watch.
As for jobs/income, I wouldn't be surprised if he does some coaching or choreographing in Detroit. Many skaters do, whether it's talked about or not. Assuming he's invited to them, he should do more shows in Asia - I'm sure those tours pay much better than SOI in the US, not to mention he has tons of Japanese fans.
I think he would be foolish - his injuries have been building up all these years, he's not a spring chicken anymore. I don't want to see any more Plushys, driving themselves to breaking point.
Putting oneself in the shoes of a sponsor, you have $x to give, do you give it to the young lady with all the buzz just starting her career (Gracie), or do you give it to the guy who's been on the circuit for years and just can't seem to pull it off.
There are skaters I truly enjoy watching skate who I hate watching compete. Abbott hits that group, but if he wants to stay in good for him, I have no problem with it.
That said, he can get a job. Ashley sold jeans, Marai was teaching "learn to skate", Amanda Evora was a hostess at a restaurant. etc... Heck, lots of skater go to school which is basically a job. In a way I think it might be good for him to have something to dwell on besides skating. Maybe it's what he needs?
But I wonder if he is prepared for a "Flatt" like Nationals?
[QUOTE=marysy;4234693]Ashley and Gracie have less titles/international success and have been around a shorter time than Jeremy and they both have sponsors. I don't think it's unreasonable for Jeremy to have some sponsorship...it's just unfair he's not an ice princess.
No, it's just that no sponsors currently view helping to fund Jeremy's career as a good use of their money. Nothing keeps you from being a sponsor, marysy...you could send him some money, for example.
I don't think men's skaters have anywhere near the sponsor support of the ladies skaters- at least in the US. It's a cultural issue.
But lots of men find small sponsors, and small sponsors add up.
I'm shocked he doesn't even have a boot company sponsorship though. I kind of thought ALL elite skaters weren't paying for their boots... so I wonder if Jeremy does have some sponsors, just not big ones/.
I think what he still has to offer to the sport is his choreographic skill and his performance ability. The current crop of judges aren't giving him much credit for the qualities he brings, and I don't see that changing. If I ran shows, I would never leave him out.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
Last season he had no momentum going in- he wasn't at 4CC or Worlds, and his ranking was low.
Still not likely to be top 3 at Worlds though, unless there are multiple melt downs.
Maybe his goal is just to show he's a game competitor? Maybe it's to improve his season's best again. Maybe it's to have a great skate again in Japan and score some show invites?
I wouldn't write off Jeremy as a skater. If he feels like competing, it's his decision. If he competes at the US nationals and beats his competitors he will have more than earned his spot. If he cannot be competitive, it will show. If money is an issue, may be he can find a way to get sponsors or have a second 'job'.
How old was Todd when he won his last National Championship? Wasn't he 30 or 31? (of course that was a different era)
Good point, do skaters stay because they don't have another good thing to transition to or is it because they love it so much?
Tough question, not for me to decide.
That said, I hope skaters don't stay around hoping for the next big win and then they find themselves severely injured by mid 30s
This will not end well...