The nascent Olympic figure skating skating season has yet another injury to a reigning Olympic champion. After ladies champion Yuna Kim withdrew from the Grand Prix last week with a right foot injury, men's champion Evan Lysacek is out of Skate America with an injury. U.S. Figure Skating announced his withdrawal today, with Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist Jason Brown taking Lysacek's place.
The injury, a torn labrum in his right hip, is the latest setback in Lysacek's bid to make it back to the Olympics. He has not competed since his win in Vancouver almost four years ago.
Two seasons ago, contract disputes with U.S. Figure Skating took him out of the Grand Prix and, subsequently, the rest of the season. Last year, a groin injury and surgery for a torn abdominal muscle forced him to abort his entire season. Lysacek also withdrew from the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic earlier this month citing a slight abdominal tear.
Brown will join currently U.S. champion Max Aaron and former U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon at Skate America, the first of six Grand Prix series competitions this season. It takes place October 18-20 in Detroit, Michigan.