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Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek announced Monday that he will miss Skate America because of a torn labrum in his hip.
Lysacek, who revealed the news at the Olympic media summit, said he has been assured by U.S. Figure Skating that he can enter another international event to meet the qualification requirements needed for the Sochi Games, which begin Feb. 7.
"It kills me to miss it," Lysacek said.
The 28-year-old figure skater, who has not competed since winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has been battling injuries over the past few months. He suffered an abdominal tear over the summer that forced him to miss the U.S. International Classic. Skate America, which is being held Oct. 18-20 in Detroit, is one of the major lead-up events to Sochi.
Jason Brown, the 2013 World Junior silver medalist, will replace Lysacek at Skate America.
Brown began his first senior international season by winning the silver medal at the Nebelhorn Trophy last week in Oberstdorf, Germany. He also will compete at the Trophee Eric Bompard Nov. 15-17 in Paris.