Swiss figure skating champion Stéphane Lambiel has announced his return to the competitive arena, nearly a year after an injury forced him into early retirement.
The two-time world figure skating champion said he was preparing for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games qualifiers with his long-time trainer Peter Grütter.
"I feel really good, both physically and mentally, and I am determined, downright eager, to take on the Olympic challenge and score a top result in Vancouver," the 24-year-old said, in announcing the surprise comeback.
In October Lambiel said a lingering muscle injury had put a stop to his competitive career and that he would only be performing in exhibition galas. However, extensive physiotherapy has since enabled him to "control" any pain felt as a result of the injury.
He heads to Canada on Sunday for a two week training camp.
Lambiel won the world championships in 2005 and 2006, becoming the first Swiss world champion in 48 years, and took silver at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
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