Tired, Retired, or Full Steam Ahead (2019-20)

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I love the threads that announce who is retiring from competitive skating, who's taking a season off (or planning to compete only in selected events) and who is plunging forward with a full competitive slate. So I figured I'd start a thread with the hope that as people learn about skaters' plans, they would share them.

Thanks in advance!
 

Sylvia

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Sweden's Alexander Majorov was quoted immediately after his FS at Worlds on March 23, 2019 (published in ISU's Quick Quotes document):
That was my last competition in my life. I am retiring. I have no idea what I will do next. At first I want to rest a little bit. I have a physical therapy diploma, and I can get a work as a physio. I want to go to some summer camps as a coach. I want to start a normal life. I have been doing this for 21 years, and it has been a long period of my life. My body feels tired, because it has endured a lot of jumps, a lot of spins, a lot of efforts. I want to enjoy my life now. I may have one more competition, the Swedish nationals in two weeks [added note: he's referring to the Elitseriefinalen in Gothenburg on April 12-14], but I do not think I will go there. I feel it is enough. I want to thank all the fans for their support on the rink and through their messages online, Twitter, Instagram, everywhere. Japanese fans, arigato.
I just looked, but didn't find, anything posted about his retirement on Majorov's own social media accounts or official website.
 
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Russian skaters usually announce status changes in May, or in August, so not much official yet. But judging by her interviews and family plans, Anna Pogorylaya is not likely to compete in the upcoming future. Same for Sotnikova probably, given how many people are calling on her to "make it official and to stop wasting time". Bobrova said she has not yet decided, but already looking into other careers besides skating.
 

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I know it has been mentioned in other threads but Rachel Parsons has decided to leave the sport and focus on her health. It seems that Michael will be continuing if he gets another partner.
 

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I know it has been mentioned in other threads but Rachel Parsons has decided to leave the sport and focus on her health.
https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/rachel-parsons-i’ve-decided-to-take-a-step-back-from-skating.105490/

ETA:

Two-time Worlds competitor (2016 & 2018) and 3-time GBR men's champion Phillip Harris wrote a gracious message of retirement on March 16, 2019: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvFR_jzHlU2/
 
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The ISP thread that Sylvia made is relevant to this thread: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...nal-selection-pool-isp-list-published.105504/
Notably missing (no public announcements yet, AFAIK):
Deanna Stellato & Nathan Bartholomay S3
Caroline & Gordon Green J1
Eliana Gropman & Ian Somerville J3 - ETA: Gropman has shared her side of the story on IG (as posted Friday evening in the U.S. Dance thread) linked from here: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...ason-news-updates.104092/page-26#post-5571034

Tim Dolensky S6 posted 2 photos on his IG 2 days ago along with the caption "Cheers to new adventures": https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvyu0a2nx7L/
It's sad if Stellato/Bartholomay indeed have split. I was rooting for them... :(
But maybe there's hope of Deanna staying in the sport?
USFS recently sponsored a pairs tryout camp in Dallas and here is a group photo from Katie McBeath's IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvpQrlbHXRU/

Deanna S. is there (4th from the right) so hopefully this means she may be continuing? Danny O'Shea and Brandon Frazier also were there - presumably to assist the female skaters who are new to pairs.

The U.S. dance thread has more info on the state of the junior teams:
So from junior nationals we have:

GOLD Caroline Green/Green, Washington FSC 172.54 NOT in ISP
SILVER Nguyen/Kolesnik, SC of Novi 171.06
BRONZE Gropman/Somerville, Washington FSC 155.46 SPLIT
PEWTER Brown/Brown, SC of New York 153.67
5 Cesanek/Yehorov, Peninsula SC 144.23
6 Haines/Koszuta, Glacier Falls FSC 136.64 SPLIT, she retired
7 Ales/Tsarik, SC of Novi 132.24
8 Elder/Elder, Louisville Skating Academy 131.94
9 Wolfkostin/Zhao, Detroit SC 127.63 SPLIT
10 DelCamp/Gart, All Year FSC 121.52 SPLIT
11 Efimova/Petrov, Hershey FSC 119.73 SPLIT
12 Purnell/Purnell, Louisville Skating Academy 108.10 SPLIT
13 Udell/Udell, All Year FSC 53.96

Lots of room for new pairings and up-from-novice teams to get a JGP assignment.
 
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Tim Dolensky and Angela Wang have joined the cast of the skating show on the Symphony of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line).

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwQkh8CFnId/

So I would say it's a safe bet that they are not competing at least this year;)
Thanks for sharing that. I saw them compete in San Jose in 2018 at Nationals, and they were two of the more memorable performers. I really found Angela underrated that competition.
 

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