Reigning Olympic champion skater Evan Lysacek has withdrawn from the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to his extended recovery from a sports hernia.
Lysacek, the gold medalist in men's figure skating at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, had surgery in November.
"It's disappointing because health-wise I'm fine," the 27-year-old 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."
The two-time U.S. champion (2007, '08) took the 2011 season off to pursue other interests. He is the 2009 world champion.
This year's U.S. Championships take place Jan. 20-27, in Omaha, Neb.