According to the Associated Press on Tuesday, Evan Lysacek of the United States, the reigning Olympic men's figure skating champion from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, will not participate at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi because of a torn labrum in his hip.
Since his gold medal victory on Canadian soil, Lysacek has encountered financial disagreements with U.S. Figure Skating about participation in various international events, and has experienced pain in the groin and abdomen area that has limited his ability to perform at a high level.
It might have been too much to believe that Lysacek would have been in the position to contend for an Olympic medal in two months time, but his absence will obviously benefit reigning world champion Patrick Chan of Canada and the International Skating Union Grand Prix champion Yuzuru Hayu of Japan.
There is no word yet if Lysacek will retire, but it does appear he will have hip surgery.