04-10-2011, 10:54 AM #86
04-10-2011, 10:57 AM #87
I think LD will retire after OG12. LCW might be coerce not to because of a lack of top notch successor. Taufik and Gade are just cruising and I don't think they really give much thought to it unlike LD or LCW who probably might've given the thought of bowing out on top (for LD, bowing out w/ an OG12 Gold means more than ranking points.).
04-10-2011, 11:05 AM #88
04-14-2011, 01:06 AM #89
However, in badminton, i doubted if one just retired with WR#1 without winning a WC nor OG would be that much as a highnote... how do you feel if Zhou Mi retired when she was WR#1?
What I would consider as real highnoted retirements are:
- Lance Armstrong, retired in 2005 after winning his seventh Tour de France in straight(thereafter TdF was also called Tour de Lance... )
- Michael Jordon, retired in 1993 and 1999 both after winning 3 NBA titles in straight..
vitually these 2 could be said to be retiring as No.1 sportsperson (with vivid achievements) in their sports, and not necessarily an Administratively WR#1.
04-14-2011, 03:31 AM #90
but if they retire and the new Generation comes we will still Respect these PRO players~
04-16-2011, 11:36 PM #91
Justine Henin retired as world number 1 in women's tennis
I don't follow Tennis as much. But I remember the reason for Justine Henin to retire was because she was suffering from fatigue (physical and mental). And also the sad split from her husband, Pierre-Yves Hardenne, could have also influenced her to take life in a slower pace. And Justine retired at the age of only 25.
In Badminton, more top players are Asians. Their family life could be more supportive, not troubling the players as much as, compared to the Westerners.
05-11-2011, 03:34 AM #92
05-12-2011, 06:13 PM #93
I don't think money is the determining factor
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05-12-2011, 10:51 PM #94
They know only one way to earn a livelihood because they never had an opportunity to do or learn anything else. So they continue for as long as they can on the pro circuit, and then maybe on the seniors or masters circuit.
They continue playing because they are very very good at the sport, and it gives them great pleasure do do something at which they excel, and they love it when millions of others love watching them play.
They continue playing because there is a drive to prove something, either to themselves or someone else.
They continue playing because their parents forgot to tell them to stop!
05-12-2011, 11:56 PM #95
05-13-2011, 12:41 AM #96
Anyway, the decisions is in the hands of LCW
05-13-2011, 01:15 AM #97
06-01-2011, 12:25 AM #98
It looks like Lin Dan would continue playing until older
It looks like Lin Dan would continue playing until older.
Lin Dan: I want to emulate Peter Gade
Tuesday May 31, 2011
By CHOW HOW BAN
QINGDAO: Lin Dan wants to be China’s Peter Gade Christensen.
The Olympic and three-time world champion hopes to emulate the Dane to continue playing even at the age of 34.
“My next goal is to become China’s Peter Gade because I really hope to play until I am 35-years-old. I hope that more young players from China can learn from Peter and stay active for a long time in the sport,” Lin Dan said after his win over the Dane in the final tie of the Sudirman Cup here last Sunday.
The 27-year-old shuttler had said that he was learning to enjoy playing badminton after his success in 2008 Beijing Olympics and was looking forward to defending the title in the London Games next year.
When he was told that Lin Dan was inspired to follow his path, Gade Christensen laughed and offered some advice.
“I am proud that I can still be at the top today,” he said.
“Lin Dan and (Lee) Chong Wei are really tough players to compete against and I have to do my utmost best in my everyday’s practice. I hope that Lin Dan will still be around for a few years more.”
The Dane added that he respected Lin Dan very much as the Chinese shuttler was a complete player and perhaps the best player who ever played the game.
“He has the kind of character that I like. He is not truly confident.
“You can see he’s got the mental feeling, which is good for him. But sometimes it makes him a bit vulnerable and I like that about him,” he said.
During the Sudirman Cup, Gade Christensen revealed that this would be his final series after having represented Denmark for more than 15 years.
Chong Wei and Lin Dan also hinted that they may not feature in the next edition in 2013.
06-02-2011, 02:50 AM #99
LCW. Because then he does not have to put up with the BAM CTC nonsense anymore.
06-02-2011, 06:08 AM #100
Usually Chinese players will retire younger than Malaysian players
There is another option for LCW to choose though; that is to play as an independent player like his good friend, Taufik, and his former teammates, WCH and HH.
If I were to poll if LCW will retire after the 2012 OG, I would poll 'No'.
If I were to poll if LCW will retire first (before LD), I would also poll 'No'.
Usually Chinese players will retire younger than Malaysian players.
06-02-2011, 07:30 AM #101
LD will be in a hurry to retire when xxf is waiting.. lol.
06-02-2011, 09:08 AM #102
Both lee chong wei and peter confirmed to retire after Olympic 12,
So I think that's why Lin dan extended his retirement plan
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