Evan Lysacek‘s comeback is being delayed again.
The 2010 Olympic figure skating champion has a torn labrum that will force him to miss Skate America, Oct. 18-20 in Detroit.
“I’m working with my doctors, but my injury will prevent me from competing at Skate America,” Lysacek said at the U.S. Olympic media summit in Park City, Utah, on Monday, according to U.S. Figure Skating. “It kills me to be missing it.”
Lysacek, 28, has not competed since the Vancouver Olympics. He was scheduled to return at the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City earlier this month but withdrew with an abdominal tear. Lysacek said his injury issues had all the makings of a reality show.
Now he’s starting to face a race against time. Lysacek must compete in at least one international event (like Skate America) and achieve a minimum qualifying score to be eligible to compete at the Sochi Olympics. He said he’s working with U.S. Figure Skating to enter another international competition.
Lysacek is trying to become the first man since Dick Button in 1948 and 1952 to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating titles. The U.S. Championships are in Boston in January. There, the two-man U.S. team will be selected for Sochi.
The favorites were thought to be Lysacek and reigning U.S. champion Max Aaron, but Lysacek’s chances took another hit with this latest injury. Other candidates are 2010 Olympian Jeremy Abbott, Ross Miner, Josh Farris, Adam Rippon and Richard Dornbush.