The 28-year-old Lysacek, still battling a torn labrum in his left hip that he injured in August, was compelled to withdraw from his third Olympics qualification run.
Right from the onset, Lysacek reiterated to his doctor this summer, “I was very clear that I had to be 100% ready and healthy for Sochi.”
Heeding his doctor’s advice, in October he returned to the ice - striving to hone his double and triple jumps. Yet, Lysacek said, “As training intensified, the healing process was not happening.”
Furthermore, he admitted, “The pain was excruciating. Nothing has worked (to relieve the pain).”
Facing this two-pronged adversity, he deliberated about his hip condition and pain tolerance with his medical team. “The doctors advised me to shut down the training, because I could be doing severe and permanent damage.”
Late last week, he accepted the writing on the wall. “Due to the pain level, I felt I had no choice but to make this decision.”
With his Olympics hopes now dashed, he said, “It will take me a long time to process. This devastation will take quite a bit of time to get over.”
Looking ahead, Lysacek did not rule out attending the Sochi Olympics in some other capacity. And beyond the Winter Games, he plans to return to the sport. “I want to get on the ice and skate. In what capacity, I don’t know yet.”
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