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Lysacek to miss 2012 U.S. Championships

Olympic champion will remain on sidelines for second season in a row

Evan Lysacek will not be in San Jose for the 2012 U.S. Championships.
Evan Lysacek will not be in San Jose for the 2012 U.S. Championships. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(11/22/2011) - Another competition season will come and go without one of the sport's biggest stars even so much as taking the ice.

Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion and 2009 world champion, will not skate at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, his agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), confirmed to icenetwork.com.

In an email to icenetwork.com, CAA wrote: "Evan will not be at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to prior contractual obligations."

Lysacek was previously scheduled to compete at two Grand Prix events this fall, 2011 Skate America and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard, but he withdrew from both. His absence from the 2012 U.S. Championships, which will be held Jan. 22-29, 2012, in San Jose Calif., means he will sit out his second season in a row. In September, at an awards banquet in Colorado Springs, he announced, "I have set my sights on Sochi," the site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

At the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Lysacek defeated Russian Evgeni Plushenko by 1.31 points to earn the gold medal, becoming the first U.S. man in 22 years to accomplish that feat.

Among his post-Olympic accomplishments are being named the United States Olympic Committee's 2010 Sportsman of the Year, winning the 2010 Sullivan Award and finishing runner-up on season 10 of Dancing with the Stars.