Friday, June 11

Rochette "More Than Likely" Skipping Fall Internationals

In an article by Beverly Smith, Joannie Rochette mentions that she "more than likely" will sit out the fall Grand Prix series. She does mention, however, that she will compete at the Japan Open International competition in early October. This was the competition in which Joannie debuted her "Samson and Delilah" free skate last season, easily winning the ladies competition with a score of 126 points. Here's her performance:



While Joannie is still keeping her schedule open for the possibility of competing at the 2011 Canadians, I reported a few months ago that Scott Hamilton is working on re-building the professional circuit, with plans of competitions taking place right around the time of Nationals and throughout next winter. I suspect if this follows through that many skaters on the fence, such as Joannie, might jump on the opportunity. I am sure the cash prizes will be especially lucrative!

Another issue with Joannie continuing to compete is that her long-time coach, Manon Perron, has been working as "Expert Coach" of the Quebec Section in Canada, and part of the requirement of this job was that she could no longer coach any singles skaters. Rochette was the exception for the last few years, but this was only to last throughout the just completed Olympic season. Therefore, if she does continue to compete seriously on the World level, there is the question of finding a new coach and possibly establishing a different routine of training. After the absolute whirlwind of publicity and all of the appearances Joannie has made since the Olympic Games, does she really want to go through all of that?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did yon check out the following article by Beverley Smith in Glove and Mail?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/rochette-helps-ready-racers/article1600232/

Maybe she will skip 2010-2011 GPS and just compete Canadian National and then....
Who knows? However, my guess is she will retire soon or later if she couldn't keep her motivation to win any competition.

Tony said...

I linked to that article in the first sentence of my post :-)

I think that if Joannie feels she has a really good chance at winning the World title next year, then she might stay in (whether that means the rule changes really benefit her, or she has two amazing programs, or Yu-na Kim has a bit of a let-down start to her year or whatever). If she doesn't have that feeling, I can't see her having the motivation anymore with all of the attention she now receives off the ice. But, we shall see...

Anonymous said...

Yeah, my sights slipped your link because of my eye sights terribly wrong. Sorry Tony. Actually, I hope she will continue for a little bit longer.

Anonymous said...

Did you know M. Perron was in your area of Columbus working with skaters for a couple of days? I hope to see Joannie continue, at least at Nationals. Doesn't she have a record on the line if she compete and win?