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Naperville saddened by Lysacek's sidelining injury

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Naperville Mayor George Pradel says figure skating champion Evan Lysacek's decision not to compete in the 2014 Olympics is sad for many who support the skater in his hometown. Naperville celebrated Lysacek's 2010 gold medal with a day in his honor.

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Naperville native Evan Lysacek will not be competing in the 2014 Olympics because of an injury to his left hip, he announced Tuesday. He is pictured here on his way to a gold medal in Vancouver in 2010.

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Evan Lysacek Day in Naperville was attended by 35,000 people excited to celebrate the figure skater's 2010 Olympic gold medal.

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As news of figure skater Evan Lysacek's hip injury and decision to sit out the Sochi Olympics in February reached his hometown of Naperville, sadness spread. "We are saddened because we just love the guy and he's made a name for Naperville," mayor George Pradel said. "He's an icon here. He's part of the Naperville family."
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    • Naperville Mayor George Pradel says figure skating champion Evan Lysacek’s decision not to compete in the 2014 Olympics is sad for many who support the skater in his hometown. Naperville celebrated Lysacek’s 2010 gold medal with a day in his honor.
    •  Naperville native Evan Lysacek will not be competing in the 2014 Olympics because of an injury to his left hip, he announced Tuesday. He is pictured here on his way to a gold medal in Vancouver in 2010.
    •  Evan Lysacek Day in Naperville was attended by 35,000 people excited to celebrate the figure skaterís 2010 Olympic gold medal.
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