Todd Eldredge, world and national champion, recently underwent hip replacement surgery. He is keeping fans updated on his progress via his twitter handle @toddeldredge. Icenetwork recently reported on his recovery. The article states the Eldredge hopes to be back in Stars on Ice next year. He may be able to head back out on the ice in six months.
My biggest motivator is my son! I want my son to be able to see me skate in person, so I figure I have a couple years before he really can have an idea that that's his dad out in the lights performing. I think that has to be one of the most inspiring things a father can feel. I'll let you know afterward."
Eldredge is very excited about becoming a father for the first time. His fiancée, Sabrina Corbaci, expects to give birth to the couple's son soon. Corbaci, a graphic designer, was a U.S. novice pairs medalist, with Eddy Zeidler, in 1991 and 1992. She also has a 7-year-old son, Ryder. Eldredge said the couple hasn't set a date for their wedding yet.
I can't imagine what it would be like to be an elite athlete and have to take off six months, let alone come back and relearn jumps on a new hip! I'm sure it will be a formidable task for Eldredge but it'll be pretty amazing for him to get back out there. Best of luck to him on his recovery!