Figure skater Evan Lysacek, who won the gold medal in men’s singles at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, announced this week that he won’t be able to defend his title in Sochi due to a torn labrum in his left hip.
Lysacek talked about his decision in a statement released by U.S. Figure Skating:
Words cannot describe how disappointed I am to not be able to compete in Sochi.
The proudest moments of my life have been representing the United States in the last two Winter Olympics.
I have suffered numerous injuries over the course of my skating career and they are some of the hardest things an athlete has to overcome. While none of my past injuries have sidelined me quite like this one, I remain determined to regain my health and skate again (Reuters).
Lysacek, who also won a world title in 2009, said he wants his eventual retirement to be on his own terms and not dictated by his injury.
His 2010 victory in Vancouver marked the first time an American man had won the gold in 24 years.
We wish him the best in his recovery.