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Lysacek withdraws from 2013 U.S. Championships

Olympic gold medalist feels healthy but needs time to regain form

Evan Lysacek felt he needed three more weeks to get in competition form.
Evan Lysacek felt he needed three more weeks to get in competition form. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(01/18/2013) - Evan Lysacek, the reigning Olympic champion, announced Thursday that he has withdrawn from the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will take place Jan. 20-27 in Omaha, Neb.

Lysacek, 27, who had surgery in November to repair a sports hernia, has been training in southern California with Frank Carroll and Karen Kwan-Oppegard.

"It's disappointing because health-wise I'm fine," Lysacek said. "Due to the long layoff from the surgery, I still need about three more weeks to get back into competition form. The good news is I am finally healthy, back to a full training schedule and already working hard to be ready for next season to defend my Olympic title at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi."

In addition to winning the 2010 Olympic Winter Games gold medal, Lysacek is the 2009 world champion and a two-time U.S. champion (2007-08).