It seems like we've been talking about this for years and it never seems to happen but we all keep on speculating...are any of these 'semi-retired' skaters going to make a grand comeback?
Three to focus on...Sasha Cohen, Evgeny Plushenko, and Michelle Kwan. Note: There are others.
Sasha Cohen seems the most likely to make some sort of comeback. In a recent interview with the Dallas Morning News she responded as if she wants to. I've seen her in exhibition and she looks quite fit and capable of getting competition ready.
The Russian Federation is basically begging 'Plushy' to return to competition. Valentin Piseev, Evgeny's Agent *cough* I mean President of the Russian Figure Skating Federation actually gave Plushenko the option of competing at Russian Nationals, he actually gave him the option of just showing up and competing if he wanted too...no prior entry documents needed! Ah but marriage, divorce, politics, Olympic Bids, Eurovision's, television shows, super stardom and not to mention injury may keep him away.
Oh Michelle Kwan and the elusive Gold Medal. She's been particularly mum on the issue. However, she has never stated that she will not return. So my thinking is, she has to kind of be thinking about it if she just won't say no. But she too has gotten herself wrapped up in politics as a Diplomatic Envoy, a post she has retained under the Obama Administration.
The overlying question is, however, should they?
I say why not! If they can somehow get back into competition ready shape and shock us all or if they try and fail...it will sure make for some interesting skating.
And interesting is something skating could use right now...especially here in the U.S. Can you imagine the press attention and ratings spike if Sasha and Michelle were in Spokane next season, each on an unfulfilled Olympic Quest. And what a situation if you have to consider Plushenko into the mix internationally.
I'm just giddy with excitement on the prospect alone!