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Stéphane Lambiel Resumes Training

Stéphane Lambiel has resumed training and plans to return to the United States next week.

The Swiss star had sought medical treatment in Germany for “an intricate problem” with his left abductor muscle, according to an earlier report on his website. He is now back in Switzerland finishing his programs for this season.

Lambiel originally sustained the injury during the 2008 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he placed fifth.

“He already had a good feeling at the shows [he performed in] in Japan after a break of several weeks,” his official website reported. “This week Stéphane has been working on the choreography of his programs with Antonio Najarro in Geneva. He will also go to Zürich to put the finishing touches to his short program with Salomé Brunner.”

The music for the short program is a piano interpretation of “Summertime” by George Gershwin. For the long program, he plans to skate to the tango "Otoño Porteño" by Astor Piazzolla, interpreted by the ensemble Nuevo Tango.

A two-time World champion (2005-06) and the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, Lambiel made a significant change in the off-season when he left his long-time coach of the 13 years, Peter Grütter, in the summer and relocated to New Jersey. There he began training with Viktor Petrenko and Galina Zmievskaia at the Ice Vault. Johnny Weir, who claimed the bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships, also trains under Zmievskaia in New Jersey.

“Though last season was not the best of my career, apart from Worlds I still had some good results,” he told IFS over the summer.

The high point of the 2007-08 season came when he won the gold medal at the 2008 Grand Prix Final. He also captured the silver medal at the 2008 European Championships, a competition he won in 2005 and 2006.

Lambiel told IFS he had some problems with his technique, especially with the triple Axel, last season. “I felt I needed a new environment,” he said about his coaching change.

Lambiel is scheduled to open his season at Skate Canada. The eight-time Swiss champion also has been assigned to Trophée Eric Bompard.


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