3 American skaters to skip Torino

VANCOUVER - Ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, and men's gold medalist Evan Lysacek, have withdrawn from the World Figure Skating Championships in Torino, Italy.

Belbin and Agosto, who train in Aston, Delaware County, finished fourth in Vancouver.

The pair, which won silver in the 2006 Games, have said they plan to continue skating, but have not decided if they will do so competitively or in shows. However, they have indicated this was their last Olympics.

"After much consideration following the conclusion of our event in Vancouver, Ben and I have decided to end our season with these Olympic Games," Belbin said. "We're going to take some time while on tour with 'Stars on Ice' this spring to consider our competitive plans for the future."

Their spot at the worlds will be filled by two-time U.S. bronze medalists Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre.

Lysacek said he will continue to compete.

"I'm not afraid to lose," Lysacek said. "Regardless of medals, I still have so much to thrive on in the sport. I'm not ready to say goodbye."

He will be replaced by Skate America silver medalist Ryan Bradley.