Lysacek Pushing Through The Pain of a Hip Injury

by Amy Partain
Evan Lysacek spoke to reporters about his hip injury Thursday night.

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(10/22/04) - Evan Lysacek is taking things one day at a time. That's what he told reporters after competing in the men's short program at 2004 Smart Ones Skate America on Thursday. He struggled with injuries most of the summer that limited his training, and continues to train with what he called "a very serious hip injury."

Lysacek said the injury involves a break in the hip socket and a stress fracture in the hip itself.

He began feeling pain at the World Junior Championships in March, where he won his third World junior silver medal.

"It's recently gotten a lot worse, so I'm taking it one competition at a time and Frank's OK with that," Lysacek said, referring to coach Frank Carroll. "If I feel good I'll compete and if I don't I'll withdraw."

Lysacek said right now all he can do for the injury is rest. But he said his doctors have recommended a surgery that would involve putting screws in the hip to help correct the problem.

Lysacek finished fifth Thursday night in the short program and will go for a medal in Friday's free skate. This is his first-ever senior Grand Prix Series event.