UPDATED DEC 10, 2013 5:21 PM ET
It’s been almost four years since we last saw Evan Lysacek in competition. Almost four years since he ended a 22-year American drought by winning gold in the 2010 Olympic men’s figure skating competition.
During that time, he tantalized us time and again with the possibility that he would return to the ice — that we would once again be treated to his unique combination of artistry and power. Each time, injury derailed him, but he never gave up his dream of a comeback.
Sadly, the hopes that he would triumphantly return in Sochi came to an end Tuesday with Lysacek’s emotional announcement that this latest injury — a torn labrum in his left hip — would keep him from attempting to defend his gold medal.