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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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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