Evan Lysacek‘s comeback is being delayed again.
The 2010 Olympic figure skating champion has a torn labrum that will force him to miss Skate America, Oct. 18-20 in Detroit.
“I’m working with my doctors, but my injury will prevent me from competing at Skate America,” Lysacek said at the U.S. Olympic media summit in Park City, Utah, on Monday, according to U.S. Figure Skating. “It kills me to be missing it.”
Lysacek, 28, has not competed since the Vancouver Olympics. He was scheduled to return at the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City earlier this month but withdrew with an abdominal tear. Lysacek said his injury issues had all the makings of a reality show.
Now he’s starting to face a race against time. Lysacek must compete in at least one international event (like Skate America) and achieve a minimum qualifying score to be eligible to compete at the Sochi Olympics. He said he’s working with U.S. Figure Skating to enter another international competition.
Lysacek is trying to become the first man since Dick Button in 1948 and 1952 to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating titles. The U.S. Championships are in Boston in January. There, the two-man U.S. team will be selected for Sochi.
The favorites were thought to be Lysacek and reigning U.S. champion Max Aaron, but Lysacek’s chances took another hit with this latest injury. Other candidates are 2010 Olympian Jeremy Abbott, Ross Miner, Josh Farris, Adam Rippon and Richard Dornbush.
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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.
Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.
Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.
It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.
Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.
China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.
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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.
“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”
Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.
Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).
Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.
The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.
The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.
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