Very substantive Associated Press story (Oct 12) with fascinating quotes from Lysacek about why he still wants to compete and about how he mentally has been "letting go" of his Vancouver gold:
Time is currently Lysacek's biggest competition
By Nancy Armour
Oct. 12, 2013 12:01 AM EDT
I am not sure it really answered a lot at all. I'd like to know just how injured is he - truly and when can he get back to training and what jumps can he do now four months away from sochi?
Not sure whether this Hersh story from yesterday is news.
US Figure Skating is imposing an earlier deadline -- before Nationals -- on Lysacek than what the ISU would require.
Clock ticking on Lysacek comeback
Reigning Olympic champion needs qualifying score for Sochi
By Philip Hersh, Tribune reporter
2:45 p.m. CST, November 13, 2013
Evan Lysacek is running out of time to get the minimum qualifying scores he needs to be eligible for the 2014 Olympics.
U.S. Figure Skating spokeswoman Renee Felton said Wednesday the reigning men’s figure skating champion must get those marks before the U.S. Championships, at which the senior events begin Jan. 9 in Boston.
Felton added that Lysacek is eligible to compete in Boston but cannot be considered for the Olympic team without having achieved the qualifying scores. USFS will announce the Olympic team Jan. 12 and forward the names Jan. 14 to the U.S. Olympic Committee for its signoff. ....
"Evan is back training and talking to USFS about what event to enter," his agent, Shep Goldberg, said Wednesday. "The bigger question is whether he could be in the best possible shape to represent the U.S. at the Olympics."
Is there even an international event left in that time frame for which the official entry deadline hasn't passed yet? Winter Universiade as a last resort?
^ really happy to see you here
There are some B events in Europe I see but i dont know which holds competition for singles men. There must be one at least, the Golden Spin?
I am wondering if this is becoming an "Oh dear, the USFSA were sooooo inflexible with me and I wasn't fit enough for them" type storyline...
Getting the minimum TES before US Nationals makes sense, though, I think. If only because I don't know if there would be any opportunities between Nationals and the Olympics. Are there any Senior B's schedulled between those two times? And even if there was, it would be very risky to pin all one's hopes on that - I mean, if some unforseen mishap were to prevent Evan from taking part, that would mean the end of his Olympic plans. It's better to try to do one earlier, and have a backup plan, in case something were to happen. Could be anything. Problems with planes, a temporary indisposition (like food poisoning, for instance), a broken blade... You can never know, so it is better to be prepared. Anyway. Best of luck to Evan.
I still reckon this is the ending: "Couldn't get to a qualifying competition in time". Although I quite agree with the USFSA's stance. No point competing for a spot if you haven't got the scores for it.