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Hip injury halts Lysacek's Olympic title defense

Vancouver gold medalist says he's determined to skate again
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American Evan Lysacek will not take part in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. -Lynn Rutherford

Evan Lysacek, the reigning Olympic champion, announced Tuesday on the "TODAY" show that a hip injury will prevent him from defending his title at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Lysacek, 28, tore the labrum in his left hip in August. Despite aggressive treatment and physical therapy, the injury became more painful in the past month. Heeding his physician's advice that he is at risk of permanent damage, Lysacek will refrain from skating until the injury is completely healed, which could be several months.

"Words cannot describe how disappointed I am to not be able to compete in Sochi," Lysacek said. "The proudest moments of my life have been representing the United States in the last two Winter Olympics. I have suffered numerous injuries over the course of my skating career, and they are some of the hardest things an athlete has to overcome. While none of my past injuries have sidelined me quite like this one, I remain determined to regain my health and skate again."

Lysacek, of Naperville, Ill., became the first American man in 24 years to win the Olympic title. In addition to that victory, Lysacek has won 10 major titles, including a world championship (2009), two U.S. championships (2007-08) and the Grand Prix Final (2009), making him the most decorated U.S. male skater of the past decade. He has not competed since winning the 2010 Olympic title in Vancouver.