Due to injury, Lysacek will not compete in the 2013-14 Olympic season

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Lysacek just made the announcement on the TODAY show in an interview with Matt Lauer.

    ETA:
    USFS' press release: http://www.usfsa.org/Story.asp?id=49799&type=media

    Associated Press article by Nancy Armour: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/t/story/injury-olympic-champ-lysacek-sochi-21159976

    Lysacek finds himself at a career crossroads
    Beset by injuries, Olympic champ undecided on future plans
    Posted 12/10/13 by Amy Rosewater, special to icenetwork
    http://www.icenetwork.com/news/2013/12/10/64544584

    Fellow athletes react to Lysacek's announcement: http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/fellow-athletes-react-lysaceks-announcement

    Michelle Kwan: I've suffered Lysacek's injury, understand his pain: http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/s...-not-compete-sochi-mens-figure-skating-121013
     
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  2. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    Well, that didn't take as long as I expected. I was thinking he'd wait until after Christmas.
     
  3. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller President of Dick Button Appreciation Club

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    Thank goodness that he said it now. So NBC will have to alter the commercials for Nationals & Sochi. Evan seemed very gloomy, for someone usually so cool. He said that he hopes that his support team (including family, coaches and sponsors) continue to stick by him. When the host asked if this is the retirement, Evan did not really answer but said, instead, that his focus now is on getting healthy. "I don't want to end a fantastic career on this note."
     
  4. QB

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    Is there a single poster here who believes that his Vancouver Olympic program ( IF he had re-skated it in Sochi) would have made the podium (or top 10)? This 'announcement' was nonsense.
     
  5. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller President of Dick Button Appreciation Club

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    Maybe for we the 'experts' it is nonsense...but it IS a big deal for NBC and the entire 'Olympic p.r. machine.' They no longer have Evan as hyping material (like they had Sasha in the run-up to 2010). That said, I wish Evan well. I hope that he now moves on with his life and can be happy as the new post-skating Evan, even if it will be hard for the next couple of months.
     
  6. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

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    Oh yah big surprise. :p
     
  7. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Gettin' my sass out

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    All the best Evan.
     
  8. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

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    Article for anyone who wants to read it:
    http://www.today.com/sochi/exclusive-evan-lysacek-reveals-he-wont-compete-sochi-2D11717316


    (Also- I edited my post in the other thread, but I take back my annoyance at Evan for announcing he won't compete in Sochi as if he were entitled to go. It turns out that phrasing and hyping is Today's "Reveals he won't compete in sochi" as the title of this article. What Evan actually "revealed" is he will no longer try to get to Sochi.)
     
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  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    USFS' press release: http://www.usfsa.org/Story.asp?id=49799&type=media
    Glad to hear he will take the time to heal. Best wishes to Evan!
     
  11. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Associated Press article by Nancy Armour: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/t/story/injury-olympic-champ-lysacek-sochi-21159976
    Excerpt:
    Armour tweeted this morning:
     
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  12. Carolla5501

    Carolla5501 Well-Known Member

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    Is there a single poster who assumed he was doing the same program? (Oh wait, you did LOL!)

    But that said, I think that program might have won Nationals. Sad but true I am not expecting much beyond a splat fest at Nationals. The fact that I realistically think Jason Brown could be on the team without even attempting a quad says it all about the state of our men. I don't know if it's physical or mental, but.... I am not hopeful.
     
  13. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

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    I wasn't optimistic for him because of the number of injuries he's had during his comeback training, but I hate to see any athlete unable to pursue their goals due to injury. I hope he has a complete recovery. and if he doesn't compete again, that he finds something else that interests and challenges him.
     
  14. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    I'm sad for him, because he clearly wanted to compete so much.
     
  15. Spiralgraph

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    I am not expecting a splat fest at US Nationals. I'm not anticipating perfection, but I am hoping at least a couple of guys rise to the challenge and skate their best. Whether that includes quads or not remains to be seen. But I think a couple will be landed successfully.


    I'm not surprised by Evan's announcement. Good luck to him in the future.
     
  16. BittyBug

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    I'm really sorry to read that Evan is in so much pain and hope that he will have a complete recovery (both physically and psychologically - this must be quite a disappointment for him). I also hope that he will find a new career path that will capture his interest and drive in the same way figure skating has. He is a motivated, disciplined, intelligent young man, and I'm sure he will be successful in whatever he ultimately decides to pursue.
     
  17. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Ms. Armour, thanks for sharing that.
     
  18. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't the biggest Evan fan in the past, but he's handled this with class and seemed very upfront about what was realistic and what wasn't for the season. It would be great if he could get healthy and try to compete next season, but even if he's done with that side of skating, it would be good to have him around in shows. Best of luck to him with the recovery!
     
  19. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

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    He really was choked up, and I think he was starting to cry when they cut away. Matt asked if he was retiring, and he said he needed to step back to rehab the injury, then he'd assess it. He wants to represent his country again, and he wants to retire on his own terms, not due to injury. I don't really expect to see him compete again, but stranger things have happened.
     
  20. LilJen

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    ?? He ended his fantastic career with a frickin' Olympic gold medal!! I don't think it gets a whole lot better than that. As to his comeback--well, a competitive comeback just never happened. Hopefully he can get whatever treatment he needs and continue to skate in shows/tours.
     
  21. mrr50

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    I just wish him all the best
     
  22. bronwynsings

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    Maybe he can pull a Rachael Flatt and come back to skating just for the joy of it? Either way, I wish him the best in all he does. He's an Olympic champion through and through.
     
  23. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

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    :rofl:

    Do you really think any of the guys who put together those montages are now scrambling and fretting because Evan is out? Ridiculous! They couldn't care less who is competing who isn't, it’s about the best looking promo and that’s it. They just use all the gold medal winning skaters and it wouldn't have changed even if Kim had decided not to compete either. Personally I would have used the skaters with the best skills but I bet whoever did the promo isn't well versed in skating so Evan with his triples was all they had.

    I doubt anyone is surprised by the news, I hope he can heal and maybe come back on his own terms; it really sucks when your mind wants one thing and your body just won’t allow it.
     
  24. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    https://twitter.com/EvanLysacek/status/410442392102137856
    ETA @MichelleWKwan's tweet in reply:
     
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  25. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    Not totally unexpected. He had not competed at all since winning the OGM. I am sure he wanted to, but I just don't think he would have been competitive even if he had. He has been dealing with injuries for the entire 3-4 years.
     
  26. mtnskater

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    I'm very heartbroken for Evan. He is such a competitor. I know this reality has to be killing him. I was hoping he would heal in time to be at U.S. Nationals but it was not to be. Wish I had seen his announcement on Today. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist and no one can take that away from him. Evan is and will continue to be a great representative of the sport here in the U.S. Hopefully NBC will have him in Sochi in some capacity.
     
  27. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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  28. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member

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    Not unexpected. A shame for Evan. I hope he heals quickly, that sounds like it has been a nightmare for him.
     
  29. nikjil

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    Not surprised, I have a couple of friends who had the same injury, it's a good year to heal.
     
  30. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Bless him...he has my support.
     
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