Not surprising. His interview with Hirsh a few weeks back made it pretty clear nationals would be the earliest he'd be willing to skate.
I bet it's due to the fact that they used his likeness and he wasn't getting compensated like his agent thought lol seems weird that it's over $$ when just a few weeks ago it was "I don't want to disappoint."
None of this is a shock. USFSA could have been using D/W as exclusive headliners all along since they knew they would be there, but defaulted to Evan to trump them because their natural inclination is to support singles over dance or pairs. Now they have egg on their faces. Evan doesn't need them or this event so much as USFSA needs him. He's also notoriously meticulous about training. I would have been really surprised if he had competed this fall with so little time between his announcement about training and now.
Well, I'm just glad that Douglas Razzano got the spot!
Evan Lysacek's statement:
I regret to inform that I am withdrawing from the 2011 Grand Prix Series. I am extremely trained and eager to compete at Skate America, but a suitable agreement could not be reached between US Figure Skating and myself by the event entry deadline. I'm extremely disappointed in this turn of events, but I hope to be back on competitive ice this season.
This is hilarious and sad at the same time. I would have thought Evan would have competed just to toot his own horn, but the money! I thought USFA stop paying athletes to do Skate America when espn let us go and the money wasn't coming in. I remember when Evan was talking how he conducting himself in a way to push the sport to become more popular and now he finally has the power to do so and there's a money issue.
Also wish they would have picked Keagan Messing too. Makes me think twice about why sasha cohen really didn't do any grand prix events. Also wouldn't it be cheaper to increase the prize money as an incentive than it would be to pay individual skater to come to an event.
I thought that he just wanted to skate and get back into just training. I'm surprise it's over money. I wonder what kind of money he was expecting. It also doesn't seem like his goal is Sochi exactly...
Well, many have thought that Evan won't really be competing at SA. But who'd have thought that it was about the money?! So much so that USFSA would be willing to give up and let him go... At least this reason is ...refreshing.
Is it in order to applaud Evan Lysacek for his honesty?