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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Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best freeskiers in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday night.
Big air skiers will descend from a ramp that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
Ski big air is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic disciplines, except skiers get one jump per run.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
On Thursday, Canadian Max Parrot and American Julia Marino won the snowboard big air competitions at Fenway Park.
Big Air at Fenway coverage will conclude with an NBC show on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
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In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. A full broadcast schedule is here.
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