Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Injury may keep Lambiel out of Skate Canada

Two-time world figure skating champion Stéphane Lambiel is currently injured and his participation at Skate Canada in Ottawa in November is in doubt.

Skate Canada was to have been Lambiel's first Grand Prix event of the season.

The Swiss skater sustained an injury to the abductor muscle of his left leg during the world figure skating championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he finished fifth behind Jeffrey Buttle and underwent physiotheraphy.

Buttle's first competition of the season was to have been Skate Canada as well, but he announced his retirement from Olympic eligible competition last week.

Lambiel, who is also the Olympic silver medalist, had switched coaches for this season and was training in the United States with Galina Zmievskaia, who also coaches world bronze medalist Johnny Weir. However, as the pace of his training increased, Lambiel felt pain in his leg and returned to Europe for treatment. He is now being treated by a team of German sports specialists, according to his official website.

The doctors recommended a few weeks rest before he starts training again.

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