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Retirements in 2012

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by olympic, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Who is retiring at the end of this season?


    Anyone else?

    Joubert? Suzuki? Any of the top Chinese Pairs?
  2. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Joubert has already announced he is staying in. I was surprised but it seems set.

    Suzuki has talked about Sochi so I dont think she is leaving either.

    I would imagine if the Zhangs retire it is due to health problems, and being inability to lift and support her bigger body now after some injuries.
  3. IceIceBaby

    IceIceBaby Active Member

    There is no point of retiring if you come from a country that has a shot for Olympic Team Event medal (Joubert, Suzuki, the Chinese).
  4. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    France is an outside shot, so I doubt that's Joubert's rationale for staying. And unless Mervin Tran becomes a Japanese citizen, Japan probably has no chance.

    I don't think we'll be seeing too many retirements in the middle of an Olympic cycle. Splits seem more likely. Is Lubov Iliushechkina retiring? The announcement re the end of that partnership made it seem like she wouldn't continue.
  5. love_skate2011

    love_skate2011 Well-Known Member

    > the aging 30+ year olds Pang/Tong
    >the injury stricken Zhangs
    >Ksenia Makarova ??? :confused:
  6. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

    Laura Lepistö:(
  7. skatak

    skatak Well-Known Member

    Yuko Kawaguti said in Nice they will stay until Sotchi.
  8. PashaFan

    PashaFan Well-Known Member

    I hope Makarova gives it another season. She needs to get stronger.
    I still enjoy watching the Zhang's. So I hope they stay.
    Sad for Lepisto. I thought she might come back.
    Brian Joubert still has some really bad memories of Vancouver two years ago.
    I think he just wants a good Olympics before he retires :)
  9. shah

    shah Shhh... shhh...

    so far only Laura L. :)wuzrobbed:wuzrobbed:wuzrobbed) and KVDP. phew!

    but it makes me really fear the immediate post-olympic period. the list of retirements will be extremely long :(...
  10. Fashionista

    Fashionista New Member

    She is skating with Yannick Cocon (sp?) in France now.
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  11. Proustable

    Proustable New Member

    re: Joubert. Pretty much
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  12. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Yannick Kocon (who used to skate with Nicole Della Monica for Italy)? Do you know if they are hoping to compete or perform in shows?

    Pang/Tong were quoted after their FS at Worlds that they are planning to continue competing.
  13. sequins

    sequins Active Member

    Agreed, it makes me weep just to think about it. I think it's gonna be a long list and a big blow. We got off easy after Vancouver, not so much after Sochi I'm afraid.
  14. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Post Sochi retirements (if not a few before) probably:

    Men- Chan, Takahashi, Oda, Abbott, Lysacek (if he comes back), Joubert, possibly Kozuka, Reynolds, Verner, Plushenko

    Ladies- Asada, Ando and Kim (if they havent already), Suzuki, Kostner, Flatt and Nagasu (if they havent already), possibly Zhang and/or Wagner, Phaneuf, Rochette (if she comes back), Czisny (if she hasnt already), Leonova, Korpi

    Pairs- Zhangs and Pang & Tong (if one or both havent already), Savchenko & Szolkowy, maybe Volosozhar & Trankov (only possible if they win Sochi gold probably), Kavaguti & Smirnov, Evora & Ladwig, some of the Canadian pairs

    Dance- Virtue & Moir, Davis & White, Pechalat & Bourzat, maybe Bobrova & Soloviev if they find themselves dropping, Capellini & Lanotte.

    The dance should actually be in the best shape post 2014. Overall it will be an army of retirements though.
  15. Moka-Ananas

    Moka-Ananas Man's Ruin

    Really? How do you know? Sources?
  16. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    I had no idea Iliuschechkina and Maisuradze had even broken up! A few weeks ago I was thinking about how it would be almost impossible for them to make the Sochi team for Russia, what with V/T, K/S, and B/L, not to mention Stolbova/Klimov, Gerboldt/Enbert, and that other good pair.. I forget their name lol.. who could potentially be ahead of them at Russian Nats in the coming years.
  17. aka_gerbil

    aka_gerbil Rooting for the Underdogs

    Of my personal favs, I only lost Belbin/Agosto and Castile/Okolski after Vancouver. 2014 is going to kill me though--V/M, P/B, S/S, Joubert, Kostner... *weeps*
  18. Fashionista

    Fashionista New Member

    Yes, that Kocon.
    I guess to compete. For shows she could easily find a partner in Russia.
  19. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    Has Patrick Chan suggested that he might retire after Sochi? It would seem that he could have a good chance of getting 2 OGs if he wins Sochi, and if he doesn't win, the goal of an OG would still exist anyway.
  20. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Chan had said he even thought of quitting after the 2010 season until he didnt do well at the Vancouver Olympics and saw how much he enjoyed the Olympic experience and then decided to continue. If he had won the 2009 Worlds and 2010 Olympics he probably would have stopped right then. He has also complained about having a hard time making enough money in the sport as an amateur. He has also talked about wanting to continue his education, not even neccessarily having a long career as a show skater. It would be shocking if he continued in eligible competition past 2014, especialy if he wins in Sochi as expected.
  21. mia joy

    mia joy Well-Known Member

    Seriously, if I could choose one skater or team to secure with great performances in Sochi, it would be Brian. The guy needs one good Olympics before he retires. He deserves one good Olympics.

    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.
  22. nuge

    nuge Well-Known Member

  23. miffy

    miffy Well-Known Member

    I don't think V/T will retire unless they at least win Worlds. If S/S win Worlds next year I think V/T will stay in after the Olympics either way - I have a feeling 1 world title won't be enough for them. But that is just a guess :)

    Is Miki Ando coming back? I miss her.
  24. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    :lol: aren't they in their mid-twenties?
  25. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    Maybe Michelle Kwan will finally officially retire, now that she is Mrs. Obama's 'Let's Move' ambassador. She's at the Easter Egg Roll at the While House right NOW!
  26. Jemestone

    Jemestone New Member

    Nah, I don't think she will retire. But now that Adelina and Liza are age eligible for Euros and Worlds next season and Julia the season after, I don't think Russia will be holding her up anymore. She has 2 grand prix assignments next season and I'm sure Russia will throw a couple of Senior B's her way........starting in a couple of days actually :lol:
  27. love_skate2011

    love_skate2011 Well-Known Member

    thats what Im saying, she's done !
    she's been passed over for B Competitions, If she doesn't want to
    take the B Competitions give it to Biryukova or Polina K. and
    then she can retire
  28. Jemestone

    Jemestone New Member

    Some suggested sending her to Morozov because then he can work his magic and make her a World medalist like Leonova and Miki.....or at least competitive. I guess people :lol:

    Stick a fork in her, she's way overdone :rofl:
  29. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!


    Ksenia Makarova's not "done" competing internationally next season unless Russia prevents her from being invited to the 2 Senior Grand Prix competitions she's earned (under the current GP rules) for placing in the top 12 at Worlds.
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  30. Jemestone

    Jemestone New Member

    We know that :lol: We're talking Euros and Worlds. She has to find a way to become competitive with the incoming babies and she definitely needs a lutz and a flip to get out of Russia starting next season for Euros and Worlds. Otherwise yes, it's Senior B's for her plus her two grand prix assignment.