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Olympic figure-skating champ Evan Lysacek is determined to be a dancing champion, too -- and he won't let a little thing like a concussion stop him!
Lysacek's injury occurred during swing-dance rehearsal, when Dancing With the Stars partner Anna Trebunskaya flipped Lysacek upside-down. It was an impressive move -- until Lysacek landed on his neck, with a sickening crack heard 'round the world.
"It was twice as loud in real life," Lysacek, 24, told People. "When you have an accident like that, you get scared when you hear that noise."
Lysacek's first thought (after "ow," presumably) was: "Oh no, I have to skate tonight.'" But skate he did, after a doctor determined that his concussion was "minor." Fan favorite Lysacek made his Stars on Ice performance, then flew back to L.A. to resume DWTS rehearsals. Now, the only repercussions from his injury are occasional headaches -- and an unusually low score of 21 in Monday's samba competition. (Len Goodman accused the graceful Lysacek of being "far too balletic" -- a backward compliment if we've ever heard one!)
The concussion is actually Lysacek's second dancing injury this month (he broke two toes during quickstep rehearsal), but he has a history of performing through his pain: Lysacek skated with a hip injury at the 2004 Skate America event, and competed with a stress fracture in his foot at 2009's World Figure Skating Championships. Hey, you don't get gold medals (or disco ball trophies) for taking it easy!
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