With the Olympic Games in the rearview mirror, many figure skaters have chosen to either retire or sit out the upcoming season. So many skaters have chosen to skip this season that it is getting difficult to keep track. So who won’t be competing and has yet to formally retire?
Reigning World Champion, Mao Asada, has decided to take this season off to rest and recuperate. After an astounding comeback in her free skate in Sochi, she finished in a disappointing sixth place, but came back strong at the World Championships and recaptured her world title. Asada will be taking this time to determine if she will indeed retire or continue competing.
Olympic bronze medalists, Carolina Kostner, has also chosen to take this season off and perform in shows, but many expect her to retire completely. She has had a very long career and is one of the oldest ladies in her field, being 27-years-old.
After a rather disappointing 2013-2014 season, U.S. skater, Agnes Zawadzki has chosen to take a year off from competing. Some believe that she is contemplating retirement, but she has not officially announced if she has determined to end her skating career.
When it comes to ice dance, the top two teams in the world will most likely not be competing this season. It is not shocking that Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White have chosen to skip this entire season while they are evaluating the possibility of retiring as well.
Reigning ice dance Olympic silver medalist and Canadian sweethearts, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have not formally announced their retirement, but have determined that they will not be competing at the ISU Grand Prix this season. This ice dancing team has been named to the Canadian Team since they have not yet retired, but they have packed up their homes in their training city and seem to be parting ways. Virtue and Moir have until the end of September to decide if they will be competing at the Canadian National Championships, which will then determine if they will compete at the World Championships.
We may or may not see Canadian three-time world champion, Patrick Chan, competing this season as well. It has been determined that he will take off this Grand Prix season, but he is still considering skating at nationals and possibly the world championships. His official decision about this season should be released by the fall.
Handfuls of pair skating teams have parted ways since the Olympics, so there are many teams that you will not be seeing this season and new teams that have paired up. Some teams are being forced to sit out the season due to changing the countries which they will be representing as they pair up with new partners, while other teams want to be more established before making their new team debuts. The face of pair skating is changing dramatically and now a team that is staying together, 2012 U.S. Champions, Caydee Denney and John Coughlin are sitting out the season, due to Denney fighting off an ankle injury. It is disappointing to have their absence as well, but at least they have not hinted at retirement or splitting.
It is unfortunate to see so many skaters sitting out the season, yet all three 2014 Olympic gold medalists in pairs, ladies and mens will be returning to skate this season. Russian Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova is scheduled to headline at Rostelecom Cup and skate at the NHK Trophy. Men’s Olympic gold medalist, Yuzuru Hanyu, is scheduled to compete at the Cup of China and the NHK Trophy and pairs Olympic gold medalists Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov will be competing at Skate America and Cup of China. Though some skaters are on the verge of retirement, others are on the verge of launching into the limelight, which should make for a very exciting season, despite all of those who have chosen not to compete.