Although I am not sure how a 94 comeback would have gone for her, if Midori Ito wanted to come back why would she come back in 96 rather than 94. By 96 the field was much stronger, and she was much further removed from her last amateur event, and she was also 26 by then and would have been 28 by Nagano. She would have had much better chances in a 94 comeback than a 96 one. Did she even want to make the 96 comeback or did the Japanese federation force her back. Why wouldnt they instead have forced back Sato who was having her best ever skating in the pros around that point and would have been more likely to be competitive of the two.