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Evan Lysacek withdraws from U.S. International Classic

Evan Lysacek

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Team USA 2014 Olympic figure skating hopeful Evan Lysacek performs during the Today Show One Year Out To Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics celebration at NBC’s TODAY Show on February 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USOC)

Mike Stobe

Evan Lysacek‘s return is being pushed back again.

The 2010 Olympic champion, who hasn’t competed since the Vancouver Games, pulled out of this week’s U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City with a “slight abdominal tear,” according to a U.S. Figure Skating (USFSA) release.

Lysacek, 28, did not skate in 2011-12 due to disagreements with U.S. Figure Skating.

He was set to return at Skate America in 2012 but withdrew with a groin injury. Sports hernia surgery in November caused him to miss the 2013 U.S. Championships in January.

In June, it was announced Lysacek would compete at Skate America in Detroit, which now could be his first competition back. There’s no update yet on Lysacek’s status for that Oct. 18-20 event in light of the abdominal tear.

The brother-sister ice dance team of Alex and Maia Shibutani also pulled out of the U.S. International Classic after Alex tweaked his neck in practice, according to USFSA. The Shibutanis have been the second best U.S. team behind Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White for much of the last three seasons.

Davis and White will lead the field at the U.S. International Classic, along with 2013 U.S. men’s champion Max Aaron and 2013 U.S. women’s silver medalist Gracie Gold.

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