The answer became clear in a bitter-cold and cacophonous arena last weekend. Encores are for rock stars who don't know when to quit. Blair exits, as Sinatra once did, at the peak of her powers. Unlike Sinatra, Blair will never return.
How do we know? On Sunday evening Blair might have literally made a Sinatra exit: The houselights went dark at the Pettit Center, and she performed in a spotlight, skating one last victory lap. Then Blair was given a microphone. But all she did was dutifully thank the crowd, thank the volunteers, thank her mother.
Finally, she wished a happy 40th birthday to her brother Rob, who put a thumb and forefinger to his eyes, plugging tears.
Then she left the ice. There is no encore. There is no need.