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Stéphane Lambiel Sidelined by Injury

Stéphane Lambiel is injured and seeking treatment in Europe.

The Swiss star, a two-time World champion (2005-06) and the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, has seen his ranking slip in recent years. 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.

“I can arrange my schedule more or less freely and there are only a few people on the ice at one time. I live close to the rink, so I waste less time traveling,” he told IFS this summer. “I also believe that training with Johnny Weir will be an additional motivation.”

Rumors had been floating around that Lambiel had left Zmievskaia and his New Jersey training base, but his website indicates that was only for treatment. “A few weeks after he started training in the U.S., an intricate problem was found [with] Stéphane's left abductor muscle,” his official website reported.

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

Currently, Lambiel is being treated in Germany by sports injury specialists. They have recommended he take off several weeks before returning to training.

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

His website indicated he is behind schedule on his training and the choreography for his programs has not been completed. The music of his 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.

“Although he really hopes to be ready for the Grand Prix, his participation is still uncertain,” his website said.

Last weekend, Lambiel performed in Japan with Champions on Ice. He scaled back his routine. “I hope you enjoyed the shows! Things have been difficult lately and I really can't thank you enough for your support,” he told fans through his website.