I have no idea whether this is new or not (it is cute anyway, LOL):
That is recent. It's the second private lesson via charity auctions he's given during the past year.
Phil Hersh's latest: Lysacek optimistic his issues with U.S. skating close to resolution; Training to make delayed competitive comeback next year
... Lysacek was on the ice an hour before the lesson began, doing run-throughs of a long program to the Bacchanal from Saint-Saens' Samson and Delilah. He worked the full hour with relentless intensity, skating the whole program a couple times, then concentrating repeatedly on individual sections, including three-jump sequences and quadruple jumps - two of which he landed.
Anyone want to hypothesize what underlies the financial disagreements? I have mine but am curious about others' opinions.
I also wonder if he regrets leaving the IMG stable of athletes. Does anyone remember a disagreement of this magnitude occurring between USFSA and an Olympic champion or other before this? If so, with whom?
I tend to think that Evan’s new agents were not savvy enough about what make USFSA and the skating world tick as I believe that they did not have significant or any experience with the sport. Personally, I tend to think that this would not have happened if Evan had stayed with IMG.
Also based on the statement that it involved funding, I wonder if USFSA indicated that based on his current and/or future income from endorsements, that he forgo Team A funding, in order to give it to others who did not have access to such endorsements. Another possibility is that USFSA felt that he should not accept certain types of endorsements as they might threaten his eligible status. Just my own crazy thoughts.
I didn't realize that the USOC is the overseer for USFS. You'd think if that were the case they could force USFS to use US Nationals as the Olympic Qualifying event and take a cut of the revenue.
US TV must be drooling over the prospect of "Rematch of the Olympic Titans: Lysacek vs. Plushenko."
The piece is seventy-five minutes long...[l]ong enough for an idea to be developed, but not so long that one starts to measure the number of seats to the exits with desperation if the thing doesn’t work" -- Marina Harss
I hope that the "issues", whatever they are, can be solved.
Evan should be able to compete, if he chooses to do so.
My point was, whatever the issues were, they weren't worked out in time for him to compete this year,
No competitor should be made to feel like an "indentured servant" in order to compete.
If money is the issue, I hope that a mutually agreeable arrangement can be found.
FWIW, this is a new USFS team envelope criterion for the 2012-13 season:
Consideration will be given to place a 2010 Olympic medalist into Team A or Team B at the discretion of the ICMS. These athletes must have retained their eligible status and must be committed to competing in the current and/or following competitive season.
I hate when people suggest that skaters all use IMG because they are the only ones who can work with skating federations, etc... It's called a monopoly.
Evan Leaves CAA for Michelle Kwan's agent, Shep Goldberg
"I'm continuing to train hard and assume Shep will work everything out," Lysacek said via telephone from New York, where he is to present fashion designer Vera Wang with an award at Monday night's Figure Skating in Harlem benefit gala. "I feel whole again and ready to compete."
http://www.stll.fi/finlandia_trophy/ October 5 to 7, 2012
If the issues with U.S. Figure Skating are resolved, Lysacek said his first competition could be the Nebelhorn Trophy Sept. 27-29 in Oberstdorf, Germany. It is the most prestigious annual international invitational event other than the Grand Prix series.
Last edited by Jaana; 04-03-2012 at 10:02 AM.