Sep 23, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT
Could Evan Lysacek‘s comeback be delayed again?
Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion, withdrew from the U.S. International Classic two weeks ago with an abdominal tear. The season-opening event was supposed to be his first figure skating competition since the Vancouver Games.
He’s not 100 percent yet, three and a half weeks before his next scheduled event.
The ab tear injury kept Lysacek out for about a month, he didn’t return to the ice until last week and his coach said he’s not at the physical level he will need to be at for Skate America, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Skate America is the first event of the Grand Prix season, Oct. 18-20 in Detroit. Lysacek is slated to compete against 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron, 2012 U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon, 2013 world silver medalist Denis Ten and 2010 world champion Daisuke Takahashi at Skate America.
That’s if he’ll be ready in time to take the ice.
Lysacek must post a minimum score in the short and long programs in an international competition before Jan. 27 to be eligible for the Olympics.
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