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Figure Skating Champ Evan Lysacek Will Not Compete at Sochi Olympics Due to Hip Injury

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When it comes to the upcoming Winter Olympics, Evan Lysacek will sadly be hanging up his skates.

"It's very difficult for me to say that, but my road to Sochi ends here," the 28-year-old American figure skater revealed to Matt Lauer on Tuesday's Today.

The 2010 Olympic gold medalist said the decision stems from an injury that occurred over the summer.

"In August, I had an accident on the ice and I suffered a labrum tear in my left hip," Lysacek explained. "I was back on the ice in October, doing light training, but as the training intensified, so did the pain and it's become, in recent weeks, unmanageable."

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But Lysacek insisted that we will see him back on the ice.

"This has been my whole life so it's a difficult decision for sure," he said. "Right now my focus has to shift from training and preparing for Sochi to getting healthy and trying to heal this injury once and for all. The last several weeks have been so painful for me that I don't want those to be my last moments on the ice after such a great career. I love to represent my country, and I'm determined to be healthy and skate again and really be the one that decides when it's over."

He concluded, "I can't even put it into words, but it is what I love, and I've had some of the best moments of my life representing the United States. It's what gives me such pride."

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