NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek says he's doing double and triple jumps in practice as he tries to come back from injury in time to defend his title in Sochi.
The American tore the labrum in his left hip in a fall on a quad in training Aug. 21, and he doesn't know if doctors will give him the go-ahead to again attempt quads — the prerequisite for a medal contender — soon enough.
Lysacek insists he remains optimistic, preferring to focus on the memory of all the past injuries that failed to derail him.
"I've come back from every single one of them," Lysacek told The Associated Press on Monday. "I have faith that this is no different from those."
The first American man to take that title in 22 years, Lysacek hasn't competed since winning gold in Vancouver in 2010. First there was a two-year break, which included a runner-up finish on "Dancing with the Stars." Lysacek was going to return to skating last season; instead, he was sidelined by a torn abdominal muscle.
Lysacek needs to post a minimum technical score in an international competition within the next couple of months to be eligible for the Olympics, which start Feb. 7 — 100 days from Tuesday. But he can accomplish that without his full repertoire of jumps.
Lysacek must receive at least a 25 in the short program and 45 in the free skate in the technical portion of the score — a very manageable hurdle for a world-class skater. His technical scores in Vancouver were 48.30 and 84.57, respectively. Fellow American Ross Miner struggled badly at Skate Canada last weekend and still earned a 32.15 and 60.54.
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