Wednesday, March 10

Stephane Lambiel Retires from Eligible Competition

Article from Bangkok Post

After coming back from his 2008 retirement, the Swiss skater competed early in the season at the Nebelhorn Trophy, winning the event and earning a spot for his country to the 2010 Olympics. He went on to win a silver medal at the European Championships, and finished just off the podium in Vancouver, losing the bronze medal by 0.51. Lambiel will "compete" in the TV special Thin Ice in a few weeks, which makes him lose eligibility in ISU competitions. Next years European Championships will be held in his home country-- a championship that, based on his silver medal placement this year, earned three Swiss men the right to compete. Lambiel was not on top of his game during his Olympic free skate, having minor errors on many of the jumping elements and looking more nervous than ever before. I'm sure that he wanted to end his eligible career with a better performance, even if it still meant no medal, but he should be proud of his comeback efforts!

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