Could Evan Lysacek‘s comeback be delayed again?
Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion, withdrew from the U.S. International Classic two weeks ago with an abdominal tear. The season-opening event was supposed to be his first figure skating competition since the Vancouver Games.
He’s not 100 percent yet, three and a half weeks before his next scheduled event.
The ab tear injury kept Lysacek out for about a month, he didn’t return to the ice until last week and his coach said he’s not at the physical level he will need to be at for Skate America, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Skate America is the first event of the Grand Prix season, Oct. 18-20 in Detroit. Lysacek is slated to compete against 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron, 2012 U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon, 2013 world silver medalist Denis Ten and 2010 world champion Daisuke Takahashi at Skate America.
That’s if he’ll be ready in time to take the ice.
Lysacek must post a minimum score in the short and long programs in an international competition before Jan. 27 to be eligible for the Olympics.
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The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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