The comeback trail has been tough for 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek. And the injuries finally took their toll, as he announced today that he will not be competing this season, ending his bid to win back-to-back golds.
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Though Lysacek has not competed since winning the Olympics in 2010, he has spent the last two years attempting to return to competition. His first plans to come back during the 2011-2012 season were thwarted by a contract dispute between him and U.S. Figure Skating. Subsequently, a torn abdomen muscle, a groin injury, and, most recently this season, a torn labrum kept him from training and competing.
His announcement comes as he has run out of time to enter an international competition in order to have a score for him to be eligible to compete in the Olympics.
With the Olympic title, a World title in 2009, two World bronze medals, two Four Continents titles, a Grand Prix Final title, and two U.S. titles, Lysacek is the most decorated American male skater of his generation. Since his win in Vancouver, he has expanded his influence beyond the figure skating world, taking second on ABC's Dancing With The Stars in 2010 and then serving as Sports Envoy for the U.S. State Department.
The announcement from Lysacek, however, is not an explicit retirement announcement. He leaves open the possibility of returning to competition after this season.