Lysacek withdraws from U.S. Championships

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Reigning Olympic champion skater Evan Lysacek has withdrawn from the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to his extended recovery from a sports hernia.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.