Lysacek Withdraws from Grand Prix Final and Marshalls Challenge Due to Injury

Evan Lysacek
Photo by Michelle Harvath

(12/8/05) - 2005 World bronze medalist Evan Lysacek withdrew today from the 2005 Grand Prix Final in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 16-18, and the 2005 Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 11, due to bursitis and tendonitis in his right hip. His injury will require two weeks off from intense training.

“Evan Lysacek is a figure skater who has experienced right hip pain for the last three weeks after falling down at his home rink, and it gradually got worse,” said Dr. Anatol Podolsky of Newport Beach, Calif. “His pain is increased by landing jumps and certain spins. I recommend no jumping or painful spins for two weeks.”

Lysacek's prior hip problems were with his left hip. During the summer and fall of 2004 he struggled with a stress fracture and break in his left hip socket.

Despite his disappointment at missing the upcoming December events, Lysacek said he does not expect his tendonitis to interfere with his bid for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

“I think in the Olympic year it's a pretty big deal to qualify for the Grand Prix Final,” Lysacek said. “For me to not be there is a disappointment, but my major goals this year are going to be at the U.S. Championships and the Olympics. Because of that, I have to think about my health and prepare for those two competitions coming up.”

Lysacek said the injury occurred one week before he departed for last weekend's NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan, where he finished second and secured his spot at the Grand Prix Final. He competed through the pain, but the strain of his jumps and spins – as well as the long plane rides – aggravated the injury further.

Despite the setback he is optimistic about the rest of the season.

“I think that from the time I competed in Skate America (Oct. 20-23) to the NHK Trophy, I trained more than I have all this year,” Lysacek said. “I had to because of the new free skate I put together. My job now is to keep up my stamina. I don't have to make many changes to either of my programs now, so basically it's all about maintaining. I'm in great shape.”

Lysacek will be replaced at the 2005 Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge by Matt Savoie. Savoie placed fourth at the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships and fifth at the 2005 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. He will compete in Boston against current U.S. champion Johnny Weir, 2002 Olympic medalist Timothy Goebel and two-time Olympian Michael Weiss

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