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TODAY's Takeaway: Evan Lysacek won't compete, real 'Lone Survivor' hero speaks out 

Dec. 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM ET

Evan Lysacek will not compete at Sochi, Tamron presents the first Orange Room Award and Mohammad Gulab says he has no regrets.
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Evan Lysacek will not compete at Sochi, Tamron presents the first Orange Room Award and Mohammad Gulab says he has no regrets.

1. Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek told Matt in an emotional interview that he will not compete in the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi due to an injury.

"It's very difficult for me to say that, but my road to Sochi ends here,'' the figure skater said.

Video: The reigning Olympic Men’s Skating Champion announced Live on TODAY that he will not compete in the upcoming Olympic Winter games after suffering a hip labral tear.

2. Kate Snow sat down with real life “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell – the former Navy SEAL who inspired the upcoming film – and the Afghan man who saved his life. Mohammad Gulab has had two members of his family killed and two more injured because of his rescue efforts, but he has no regrets.

"I will always have my honor, and I'll hold it until my death,” he said.

Video: NBC’s Kate Snow speaks to former SEAL Marcus Luttrell and the man who saved his life, whose story is told in the upcoming film starring Mark Wahlberg, an account of “Operation Red Wings,” the failed mission in Afghanistan.

3. Tens of thousands of mourners, including almost a hundred world leaders, paid tribute to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in Soweto, South Africa.

“His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph," President Obama said in a speech to a full stadium. "Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.”

Video: A number of opposing political figures may have gathered for the late South African president’s funeral, but the drama was drowned out by the thousands in attendance paying tribute to the iconic leader. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

4. Congratulations to Jason and Candace Mortenson, winners of the first-ever Orange Room Award!

TODAY fans voted the viral video – in which Jason wakes up from surgery in a haze and hits on Candace (his own wife!) – Most Memorable Moment.

Video: Tamron talks to the couple behind the hilariously heartwarming viral video which won the first “Orangey” award for most memorable moment.

5. Celebrity chef Graham Elliot, who tipped the scales at nearly 400 pounds, has lost 130 pounds since July.

“The fact that I couldn't get down on the ground and roll around and play with [my sons],” he told Natalie and Al. “I couldn't go to the park and play tag, or do any of those things... being healthy for my family was the trigger.”

Video: The once 400-pound chef, who lost 130 pounds after surgery and dieting, shares the meals that harmed and the ones that helped him take the weight off.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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