Evan Lysacek, the figure skater who took home the gold medal in men’s singles during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, shared some sad news on “Today” Tuesday morning (Dec. 10) — he will not be competing in 2014.
Lysacek tells Matt Lauer, “In August, I had an accident on the ice and I suffered a labrum tear in my left hip. … I had no doubt that I would overcome this just like I had the other injuries that I’ve had throughout my career.
“I was back on the ice in October doing leg training, but as the training intensified, so did the pain. In recent weeks, it’s become unmanageable,” he continues. “My road to Sochi ends here.
“A lot of what played into that decision was that my doctor warned me that if I continued to train … the injury would get worse, the pain would get worse, and I could do be doing permanent and severe damage.”
He says he’s disappointed but he doesn’t want this to be his retirement from the sport.
“Right now, my focus has to shift on training and preparing for Sochi to getting healthy and trying to heal this injury once and for all,” says Lysacek. “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.”
The 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in just under two months in Sochi, Russia. NBC will be bringing you all the action, both online and on TV.