American Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek will not be competing in the Sochi Games because of a hip injury, he said in a interview on Tuesday's "Today" show.
"It's very difficult for me to say that now, but my road to Sochi ends here," said Lysacek, who appeared emotional during his interview with "Today" host Matt Lauer.
Lysacek, a 28-year-old native of Naperville, Ill., outside Chicago, has not competed since he took home the gold in Vancouver in 2010. He said that he has "unmanageable pain" from a labral tear in his left hip and a muscle tear in his abdomen resulting from an accident in August.
Lysacek has stayed busy since Vancouver with endorsement deals and charity work. He finished second as a celebrity contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2010.
"It's a difficult decision, for sure," Lysacek said of not competing in Sochi.
With the help of his doctors, Lycasek fast-tracked his rehabilitation so he could return to the ice in October to train for a December event that would qualify him for Sochi. But the pain intensified as he resumed training and Lysacek said knew he would never fully recover if he kept skating.
"My doctor warned me that if I continued to train, with 100 percent certainty the injury would get worse, the pain would get worse every single day," he told Lauer. "I could be doing permanent and severe damage."
Lysacek sidestepped questions about his retirement, saying his focus right now is to get healthy.
"I love to represent my country and I'm determined to be healthy and skate again and really be the one who decides when it's over," he said.