I understand Johnny Weir and Rachel Flatt are out but what about Evan is he competing? Is he well? I haven't heard a thing? anyone want to make any odds or predictions - hopefully based on knowledge?
^ Well, Evan took time off from his training to attend the Golden Globes Awards last night.
Here he is on his way to the after party thrown by movie moguls the Weinstein brothers. Lookin’ good, Evan!
I really hope he will not withdraw from US Nats at the last minutes this year...
Thanks everybody for such an interesting discussion! I had nothing to contribute to it, but you've given me much to think about - there are, indeed, so many questions to ponder, while answers are not easy to come by.
Here is an article about Jeremy Abbott, in which his recent back issues are also talked about:
Sigh... everyone's seen this, of course:
Pechalat/Bourzat withdraw from Euros
Bazarova/Larionov withdraw from Euros
I think I saw some mention of at least another withdrawal on the Euros threads due to injury, but cannot now recall - does anyone have any info on that? Also, other withdrawals/injuries?
Scrolling down Blazing Blades, I saw an article linked from Unseen Skaters Online that Vanessa Lam has withdrawn from US Nationals due to injury. Not knowing if it is a permissable link, I'm not including it, but thought it worth a mention. (I'm a little hazy on what links are permissable and not, so I thought best to err on the side of caution.)
Well, as is news to no one, I'm sure, Plushenko has withdrawn from Europeans' due to injury.
From Tatjana Flade's article:
"Plushenko had decided to come to Zagreb only on Friday as he is still battling a back injury. His condition had not improved since Russian Nationals and it was obvious in practice that he was not at a 100 percent.
Right after the end of the short program Plushenko withdrew as he suffered an aggravation of his chronic back condition."
From this article:
and courtesy of Google translate:
"We have decided to withdraw from the European Championship - said Evgeny Plushenko. - The reason - all the same injury, for which I was unable to properly prepare for the tournament. And now rolling short program showed, unfortunately, with existing health problems, I can not normally ride in the first place - a qualitatively perform jumps. Now - to the doctor for a checkup. I think I will go to Germany. We are now just discussing this issue. Thanks to everyone who supports me, who for me is going through. See you later! "
Any additional info gratefully received.
Let's talk has shared some recent Plushenko developments in this post:
"Today piter.tv aired a video interview with Mishin. He said that a couple of days later Plu will be operated in Israel where he will get an artificial disk replacement in the spine. He said Evgeni can't train properly with his current back condition, so they decided to go though the surgery. He will keep training for Sochi after reabilitation:
Also relevant here is this recent thread/article:
Czisny undergoes successful hip surgery
Wishing her a speedy, full and more lasting recovery! It must have been so disheartening to be on one's way back, only for this injury to happen. This really illustrates why the skaters deserve our respect for their courage and perseverance.
Also, is there more news about other skaters? There are so many threads, and only so much time to follow them all so if You - yes, I mean You! - have any info on the injury/recovery of any skater - particularly those who have not "merited" a thread - or two - of their own - please, do share!
And thanks to Seniorita for posting the link to this English Plushenko article:
I will only add a twitter message from Plushenko to his fans (also posted elsewhere by plushyfan):
"I'm not discouraged! I'm going to treat my back and proceed to training from March 1!!
Thanks to all my fans - friends! We will have more fight!!! "
#PeopleWhoInspireMe @StasiaRose who competed at Nationals with severe 2nd degree burns all over her thigh. #ShesABeast #ThatGirlWasOnFire
6:05 PM - 30 Jan 13
Ouch! I trust that Anastasia Cannuscio will have plenty of time to heal before next season, but her injury sounds very painful. Inspiring indeed that she was able to skate at all.
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