Skate America lost another men’s star with the withdrawal of world silver medalist Denis Ten on Wednesday.
Ten withdrew due to illness from the Detroit event, according to figure skating writer Tatjana Flade. Skate America begins with the men’s short program Friday night.
Ten, 20 and of Kazakhstan, joins 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek in pulling out of the first Grand Prix event of the season.
Lysacek, who hasn’t competed since the Vancouver Games, withdrew on Sept. 30, citing a torn labrum in his hip. He was replaced in the field by fellow American Jason Brown.
There will be no replacement for Ten.
Their absences leave Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi as the most accomplished men’s skater in the field. The top American is reigning U.S. champion Max Aaron.
World champion Patrick Chan will make his Grand Prix debut at Skate Canada next week. Ten is entered in the Cup of China Nov. 1-3.
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Michael Phelps said Thursday that he had to keep his June marriage to Nicole Johnson “hush-hush.”
Phelps and Johnson, who got engaged in February 2015, were married June 13, though Phelps had been saying all summer and into the fall that they were not yet married.
“You guys probably already saw the article that was posted [about the marriage],” Phelps said, widening his eyes and sticking the tip of his tongue out while golfing shirtless with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. “I’ve been married for a while, been married for while, couple months. I had to keep it secret from y’all. I had to keep it hush-hush from you guys. Nicole and I are married. We are officially married.”
Phelps and Johnson welcomed baby boy Boomer on May 5.
“Why is it a secret? Just because. … Baby No. 2 may be coming soon, who knows though,” Phelps said.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former gymnast on the U.S. women’s national team is the latest athlete to accuse a longtime team doctor of sexual abuse.
But she’s the first to allege renowned husband-and-wife coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi knew about the abuse and did nothing to stop it.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles contends Dr. Larry Nassar repeatedly sexually abused the now-24-year-old gymnast when she was on the team from 2006 to 2011.
It says the Karolyis, and the current and former presidents of USA Gymnastics knew of molestations committed by Nassar before and during his employment, “yet chose to allow him to remain unsupervised,” allowing further abuse.
Nassar’s lawyer and the Karolyis didn’t respond to messages Thursday. Nassar’s lawyer has previously denied abuse allegations by two other gymnasts.
USA Gymnastics is also named in the suit. The Indiana-based governing body denies wrongdoing.
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