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Lysacek gets successful sports hernia surgery

U.S. Olympic champion out for six weeks, hopes to return for U.S. championships

If all goes well, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek should be back in time for Omaha.
If all goes well, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek should be back in time for Omaha. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(11/21/2012) - Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion and a two-time U.S. champion, is recovering after having successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdomen, commonly referred to as a sports hernia. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Craig Smith. The sports hernia was diagnosed during a recent assessment of a groin injury Lysacek has sought treatment for since the summer.

Lysacek, 27, is expected to be off the ice for approximately six weeks. Upon returning to the ice, he will be evaluated on a weekly basis. Lysacek's goal is to compete at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 20-27, 2013, in Omaha, Neb., and to continue to prepare for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. As the current Olympic champion, Lysacek has a bye to the U.S. championships.

Lysacek, who trains in Southern California with Frank Carroll and Karen Kwan-Oppegard, was scheduled to compete at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America in mid-October, but withdrew after aggravating the groin injury.