Olympic champion Evan Lysacek pulls out from Skate America due to a groin injury, U.S. Figure Skating announced yesterday, and Armin Mahbanoozadeh will be replacing him.
The two-time U.S. champion was rumored to have been nursing an injury in August during U.S. Figure Skating's annual Champs Camp.
Lysacek is one of two American professionals to be making a return to competitive skating this season. Johnny Weir made his return last week at Finlandia Trophy, taking fourth place in his first competition since the 2010 Olympics.
Lysacek announced his intentions to resume his competitive career Aug. 10 of this year on NBC's TODAY in London.
Lysacek was scheduled to compete at Skate America as part of his return to competitive figure skating this season. He has not competed since winning his Olympic title in February 2010. Lysacek expects to compete at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 20-27, in Omaha, Neb.
Sources: Figure Skating Examiner, U.S. Figure Skating