Evan Lysacek

Evan Lysacek withdraws from U.S. International Classic

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Evan Lysacek‘s return is being pushed back again.

The 2010 Olympic champion, who hasn’t competed since the Vancouver Games, pulled out of this week’s U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City with a “slight abdominal tear,” according to a U.S. Figure Skating (USFSA) release.

Lysacek, 28, did not skate in 2011-12 due to disagreements with U.S. Figure Skating.

He was set to return at Skate America in 2012 but withdrew with a groin injury. Sports hernia surgery in November caused him to miss the 2013 U.S. Championships in January.

In June, it was announced Lysacek would compete at Skate America in Detroit, which now could be his first competition back. There’s no update yet on Lysacek’s status for that Oct. 18-20 event in light of the abdominal tear.

The brother-sister ice dance team of Alex and Maia Shibutani also pulled out of the U.S. International Classic after Alex tweaked his neck in practice, according to USFSA. The Shibutanis have been the second best U.S. team behind Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White for much of the last three seasons.

Davis and White will lead the field at the U.S. International Classic, along with 2013 U.S. men’s champion Max Aaron and 2013 U.S. women’s silver medalist Gracie Gold.

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Miles Chamley-Watson takes fencing to New York City streets (video)

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Miles Chamley-Watson may be an Olympian and World champion, but many people with those titles can walk the streets of New York with nobody looking twice.

It’s a different story when he’s in competition uniform.

Chamley-Watson showed just how useful his fencing training, stances and equipment — especially his foil blade — can be.

The 25-year-old Chamley-Watson just missed an Olympic medal three years ago, finishing fourth with the U.S. foil team in London. He also fell in the round of 32 in the individual foil.

Chamley-Watson, a 6-foot-4, tattooed model, rebounded to win the 2013 World Championship individually. 

However, he is not assured of making the Rio Olympic team.

Chamley-Watson is ranked No. 11 in the world, behind three other Americans — No. 1 Race Imboden, No. 3 Alexander Massialas and No. 8 Gerek Meinhardt.
A maximum of three Americans can compete individually in Rio in the foil. Three would also compete in the team event, with, possibly, a fourth fencer as a replacement athlete who could be subbed in and out during the team event rounds.

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Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

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