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Figure skating: Injury ends Lysacek's bid to defend Olympic title

Reigning Olympic figure skating champ Evan Lysacek has halted his comeback bid eight weeks ahead of the Sochi Games due to a nagging hip injury, the US star announced on Tuesday. The 28-year-old tore the labrum in his left hip in August and said four months of recovery and rehab have done little to lessen the "excruciating" pain he suffers from. "In recent weeks the pain has become excruciating," he said Tuesday. "Nothing has worked. The whole time I thought I was healing, the process was actually not happening."

Figure skating: Injury ends Lysacek's bid to defend Olympic title

Reigning Winter Olympic men's figure skating champion Evan Lysacek announced on Tuesday he will not defend his title at the Sochi Games in February because of a hip injury. The 28-year-old American, who has not competed since winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games, tore the labrum in his left hip in August and despite extensive treatment the injury became more painful in the past month. "Words cannot describe how disappointed I am to not be able to compete in Sochi," he said in a statement issued by US Figure Skating.

Figure skating-Injured Lysacek unable to defend Olympic title

(Reuters) - Olympic men's champion Evan Lysacek has abandoned hopes of defending his title in February's Sochi Olympics after failing to recover from a hip injury. The 28-year-old American tore the labrum in his left hip in August and despite aggressive treatment and physical therapy, he has been unable to regain full fitness. With his doctor warning that the skater risks suffering permanent damage unless he stops skating, Lysacek has opted to stop training until he has healed completely.

Figure skating-Lysacek withdraws from U.S. championships

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Olympic champion Evan Lysacek has withdrawn from next week's U.S. figure skating championships as he is still not fit enough to compete following surgery. "It's disappointing because health-wise I'm fine," Lysacek said in a statement released by U.S. Figure Skating on Friday. "Due to the long layoff from the surgery I still need about three more weeks to get back into competition form.
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