Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi will miss the entire season. IFS has confirmed that Takahashi’s injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee joint. While the injury is serious and requires surgery, it is not a complete tear of ligament. "It is a damaged ligament," said his agent Tak Ihara.
Takahashi, the three-time Japanese champion and the 2007 World silver medalist, commented on the news on the Kansai University Ice Skating Club website. “It will take time to return to my best condition,” he wrote. “It’s very disappointing. But just as an athlete needs courage to make progress, he also needs courage to know when to take time off.”
Takahashi had an MRI last week and the results indicated the seriousness of the damage to his knee. He sustained the injury in practice last month and then withdrew from the Cup of China.
Last season, Takahashi won gold medals at his two Grand Prix events — Skate America and NHK Trophy — and was second at the Grand Prix Final. He won Four Continents and placed fourth at the 2008 World Championships.
In 2006, he represented Japan at the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy where he places eighth.
In the current International Skating Union World Standings, Takahashi is the No. 1 ranked man.