Defending skating champ Lysacek out of Sochi Olympics
The Winter Olympics in Sochi are less than two months away, but Evan Lysacek won't be skating.
The reigning Olympic men's figure skating champion will miss the Games because of a torn labrum in his left hip. Lysacek tore the labrum, along with another muscle in his abdomen, during a hard fall in August. He pursued an aggressive course of treatment and returned to the ice in October, but the "excruciating pain" intensified as he increased his training, and doctors told him last week that he was risking permanent damage if he continued.
Lysacek made the announcement Tuesday on the "TODAY" show.
"My road to Sochi ends here and a lot of what played into that decision was that my doctor warned me that if I continued to train with 100-percent certainty the injury would get worse, the pain would get worse every single day and I could be doing permanent and severe damage," he said.
Earlier, he told The Associated Press he's "crushed" at not being able to compete and represent the United States in Sochi. He says even though he knew the injury was a serious one, he "really believed this was going to work out."
Lysacek took home the gold medal in men's singles at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.