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.
Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook.
The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has sanctioned three boxers – two from Ireland and one from Britain – for betting on fights at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee issued “severe reprimands” to Ireland’s Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain’s Antony Fowler for violating the rules that prohibit betting.
None of the boxers won medals.
The IOC says all three placed bets on fights at the games, but adds that “there was no intent to manipulate any event.”
Athletes and officials are banned from betting on Olympic events and required to report any approach or suspicion of fixing.
The IOC says, in order to be eligible to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the three boxers must undergo an “educational program.”
The Irish and British national Olympic committees also received reprimands for “not having properly informed” their athletes of the betting rules.
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