How Ballerina Wendy Whelan Overcame the Shame and Stigma of Aging in Dance    W magazine, May 2017   On October 18, 2014, the ballerina Wendy Whelan took her final bow as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, the company to which she belonged for three decades. She was 47 years old at the time—and, as she told the  New York Times  that year, “In ballet, if you’re over 40, you’re a dinosaur." She had recently been sidelined by a hip injury, and she was only just recovering. Thirty years in, and still just beginning to feel the physical effects of aging, Whelan decided it was time to retire from ballet.
   Michelle Kwan Wanted to Return to Figure Skating Before She Turned 40, and She's Now Doing Double Axels Again    W magazine, November 2017   Just over a month ago, Michelle Kwan posted a short video to her Instagram. Shot at an ice rink, the clip showed Kwan pushing through a couple of back crossovers before dropping into a hydroblade, one hand on the ice and the other extended over her free leg. She hopped to her feet, slid to a halt, and gave a small bow. She was wearing a denim jacket.
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