Gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek has pulled out of the Skate America Grand Prix event in Kent, Wash. next week, citing an apparent groin injury. The event would have been Lysacek’s first competition since he won in Vancouver more than two years ago.
Lysacek now plans to wait until January’s national championships in Omaha, Neb. to continue his Olympic comeback, but U.S. Figure Skating is looking to sneak him into a tune-up event before the end of the year, according to the AP.
“I feel strong now, I feel prepared and, dare I say it, even better than in Vancouver,” Lysacek said while training back in August. “I really feel the most important thing for me was not to come back as the same athlete in Vancouver, but to come back better.”
Lysacek has been working toward the Olympics for more than a year and says he’s added a quadruple jump to his repertoire. He’s hoping for a top-three finish at March’s world championships, which will earn him a guaranteed spot in Sochi. Lysacek won the 2009 world championships in Los Angeles.
For the first time in 13 World Cup speed races, Lindsey Vonn crossed the finish line and saw a number other than “1” next to her name.
Vonn was beaten by Swiss Lara Gut and German Viktoria Rebensburg in a World Cup super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday. Lower-ranked skiers were still to race.
Gut was .15 faster than Rebensburg and .23 better than Vonn, who would break Renate Götschl‘s record with her 42nd World Cup super-G podium if the places hold. Full results are here.
Vonn had a clear error near the end of the course, losing balance and lifting her right ski off the snow, but she was already behind Gut in the two most recent split times. The mistake may have cost Vonn second place, though.
Gut earned the provisional victory, one day after she was a disappointing 14th in a downhill won by Vonn.
Vonn had won 11 of her previous 12 World Cup downhill or super-G starts, including five straight super-Gs. In the only non-victory in that stretch, she skied off course and recorded a DNF in a downhill.
On Sunday, Gut cut into Vonn’s standings lead for the World Cup overall title, the sport’s biggest prize this season with no Olympics or World Championships. Vonn now provisionally leads Gut by 87 points through 25 of a scheduled 41 races.
Vonn remains on 76 World Cup victories, 10 shy of retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record.
The World Cup resumes with a downhill in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Saturday.
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Chloe Kim notched arguably the most impressive feat of her young snowboarding career, becoming the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s and scoring a perfect 100 at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah, on Saturday.
Kim, 15 and the two-time reigning Winter X Games champion, may have become the second rider to ever score 100 in a top-level halfpipe contest.
When Shaun White scored the first 100 in X Games history in 2012, “it was the first perfect score and perfect run ever seen in a halfpipe contest,” according to the Denver Post. In that run, White reportedly became the first rider to land back-to-back double cork 1260s.
Nobody has scored 100 in an X Games or the Olympics since. The 100-point scoring system was first used at the Olympics in 2014.
Like White, Kim’s perfect run came on a “victory lap,” after she had already clinched the win in an earlier run.
After Kim finished her run, three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark raised Kim’s left arm. When the 100-point score came up, Clark receded and allowed Kim to soak in the moment.
Clark, who is 17 years older than Kim, became the first woman to land a 1080 in 2011.
Kim, who was too young for the Sochi 2014 Olympics, is slated to compete in the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, later this month.
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