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    News Michelle Kwan: I've suffered Lysacek's injury, understand his pain

    http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/st...skating-121013

    UPDATED DEC 10, 2013 5:21 PM ET

    It’s been almost four years since we last saw Evan Lysacek in competition. Almost four years since he ended a 22-year American drought by winning gold in the 2010 Olympic men’s figure skating competition.


    During that time, he tantalized us time and again with the possibility that he would return to the ice — that we would once again be treated to his unique combination of artistry and power. Each time, injury derailed him, but he never gave up his dream of a comeback.

    Sadly, the hopes that he would triumphantly return in Sochi came to an end Tuesday with Lysacek’s emotional announcement that this latest injury — a torn labrum in his left hip — would keep him from attempting to defend his gold medal.

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    ^Nice words from the Kween! If anyone she knows what Evan is going through.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallylutz View Post
    I see nothing wrong with him wanting to remain competitive. Why should a skater remain in the sport solely for wins and glories? Evan has already accomplished everything he could have asked for in his sport, clearly, his desire to remain has a lot to do with his love for the sport. And that I think is a rare trait among elite skaters and one I hope we can encourage, not discourage. Emmanuel Sandu is another example I can think of, similar to Evan.

    So long as he is not endangering his long-term health, I hope we can continue to support skaters such as Evan and use him as an inspiration for the younger skaters and non-skaters alike.
    I can't see someone as competitive as Evan being happy to simply show up and skate. He always had that eye of the tiger when it came to competing and i doubt he would be satisfied finishing 8th at US Nationals for instance. Plus with his age the injuries are not going to go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    I can't see someone as competitive as Evan being happy to simply show up and skate. He always had that eye of the tiger when it came to competing and i doubt he would be satisfied finishing 8th at US Nationals for instance. Plus with his age the injuries are not going to go away.
    I think my earlier post was unclear, so let me clarify. Without a doubt, Evan is a very competitive skater. It is understandable that he or any other elite male skater would want to prove he still has it - the eyes of the tiger was you put it. So the love for the sport and the desire to show his dominance are not mutually exclusive. It would surprise me if Evan is not cognizant of his position within the sport, I don't believe that. Rather, he chose to believe that perseverance can overcome anything - in time and that is healthy so long as he is willing to conduct a reality check and reassessment time to time.

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    I wish Evan the best in the future for whatever path he chooses. While I was not a fan of his skating, I feel he represented his country well and competed very well. AND he never said a bad word about anyone or did anything to bring dishonor to himself or his competitors. Bravo Evan!!!!

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    Sadly I always was fairly certain this comeback was doomed from the start. Considering age, years of injuries, time away from serious competing, and the increasing technical demands of mens skating which were well beyond what Evan even at his peak ever managed, 2 and a half years of always being injured and never competing seemed inevitable. Still he can be proud of his career, even if he isnt my favorite skater. Nice words from Kwan as usual. I hope for his own sake he moves on to something else now, maybe returning to pro skating when training quadruples and triple axels and 5 position spin combinations is not required, as it is clear competitive skating is something his body cant handle at this point. As much criticsm as Fumie Suguri gets from many people, atleast her body can apparently handle amateur skating in the vacinity she wants to compete in. Evan's cannot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallylutz View Post
    I see nothing wrong with him wanting to remain competitive. Why should a skater remain in the sport solely for wins and glories? Evan has already accomplished everything he could have asked for in his sport, clearly, his desire to remain has a lot to do with his love for the sport. And that I think is a rare trait among elite skaters and one I hope we can encourage, not discourage. Emmanuel Sandu is another example I can think of, similar to Evan.

    So long as he is not endangering his long-term health, I hope we can continue to support skaters such as Evan and use him as an inspiration for the younger skaters and non-skaters alike.
    Well his doctor said he risked permanent injury if he contineud to skate this time around, and it is already his 2nd or 3rd big injury or reinjury since coming back. I think the writing is on the wall on that part, unless he is going to start training pre novice programs as far as technical demands and be happy with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallylutz View Post
    I see nothing wrong with him wanting to remain competitive. Why should a skater remain in the sport solely for wins and glories? Evan has already accomplished everything he could have asked for in his sport, clearly, his desire to remain has a lot to do with his love for the sport. And that I think is a rare trait among elite skaters and one I hope we can encourage, not discourage. Emmanuel Sandu is another example I can think of, similar to Evan.

    So long as he is not endangering his long-term health, I hope we can continue to support skaters such as Evan and use him as an inspiration for the younger skaters and non-skaters alike.
    But he IS. That's the problem. He doesn't let himself heal properly, and then he gets injured again or makes it worse. I don't want to see him try to compete if it means that he is ruining himself. I HATE seeing skaters do that.

    Lysacek's body is giving him clues. Maybe he should take a hint. Nothing wrong with show skating, and I'm sure as an Olympic champion he's worth a bit on that scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftertherain View Post
    Thanks for the post. Very nice article. (One correction for Michelle: Max Aaron plans three quads in his LP, not two. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    But he IS. That's the problem. He doesn't let himself heal properly, and then he gets injured again or makes it worse. I don't want to see him try to compete if it means that he is ruining himself. I HATE seeing skaters do that.

    Lysacek's body is giving him clues. Maybe he should take a hint. Nothing wrong with show skating, and I'm sure as an Olympic champion he's worth a bit on that scene.
    I don't think he's planning on World competition again... maybe just a show or two just to say good bye... at least that's what I got from his interview.

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    Sadly his body is saying no more competitive skating it appears. I wish him well and hope he doesn't hurt himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kp1231 View Post
    I personally think that this was the best for Evan, he could not have competed with all the new and young talent, and he would have had a very hard time in socchi. I wish he would have retired after he won the last olympics, because honestly i cannot see him coming anywhere near Chan or Hanyu
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    His injuries have been well documented, so no surprises that he will not compete. I was looking forward to seeing either of his new free programs Don Quixote and/or Samson and Delilah and how they might stack up against todays men's field.

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