When the 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team is revealed following nationals in January, reigning men's gold medalist Evan Lysacek's name will not be on the roster, according to a Dec. 10 announcement by U.S. Figure Skating.
Lysacek, 28, cited an unhealed hip injury as the reason behind his withdrawal from the U.S. championships in Boston, where he'd hoped to earn a spot on his third Olympic team. Although he said words were inadequate to describe his feelings about being unable to skate, he opted to heed his doctor's warning that performing could put him "at risk of permanent damage." Even with a trip to Sochi off the menu, he promised to "regain my health and skate again."
Lysacek's departure from the field of hopefuls leaves the door open for another young skater to claim a spot on the 2014 squad. Skaters in the hunt to claim one of the two available berths for men include, among others, reigning national champion Max Aaron; silver medalist Ross Miner, who most recently withdrew from November's Trophee Eric Bompard; three-time U.S. title holder and 2010 Olympian Jeremy Abbott; reigning world junior champion Joshua Farris; Skate America silver medalist Adam Rippon; Richard Dornbush; and up-and-coming star Jason Brown, who took silver at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy.
U.S. figure skating competition continues Jan. 5-12 in Boston with the 2014 national championships.