Olympic champ Lysacek sets sights on Sochi

Announces plans to compete at 2014 Olympics while accepting 2010 USOC SportsMan of the Year award

Evan Lysacek will attempt to make another run at an Olympic medal.
Evan Lysacek will attempt to make another run at an Olympic medal. (Getty Images)


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By Amy Rosewater, special to
(09/25/2011) - If anyone doubted if Evan Lysacek's comeback plans were real, he put those to rest Friday night.

While accepting his award as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Sportsman of the Year, Lysacek announced he plans to train and compete in Sochi in 2014.

"I have set my sights on Sochi," Lysacek told a crowded ballroom at the Antlers Hilton hotel, a proclamation that was met with applause.

"Nothing would make me more proud than to step on the Olympic ice one more time with the flag on my chest and USA on my back," Lysacek said.

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The announcement comes nearly a year and a half after Lysacek beat Plushenko for the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver. Lysacek, 26, has not competed since but has entered Skate America, which will be held Oct. 21-23 in Ontario, Calif. He recently resumed training in Southern California with longtime coach Frank Carroll.

Lysacek explained that his Olympic moment happens every day when he is practicing. That is where he trains without the media or judges, "just me, perhaps the toughest judge of all."

Since Vancouver, Lysacek experienced a whirlwind, including a successful run on Dancing With The Stars.

"I had to ask myself, 'Do I have to have the Olympic podium to have that (Olympic moment) again?" Lysacek said. "The answer is no."

Lysacek is the second American male figure skater to win the USOC Sportsman of the Year award after Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist.

"This means a lot to our sport," Lysacek said.

Lysacek was not the only skating star of the night.

Joining Lysacek at the award ceremony was fellow Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes. She served as the event master of ceremonies.

Hughes was poised throughout the night but got emotional when there was a presentation in memory of Olympic filmmaker Bud Greenspan, who died last year. Hughes teared up recalling memories of her grandmother, who relished watching Greenspan's films. When her grandmother lost her eyesight, she would sit and listen to the films.

Hughes composed herself and joked, "The show must go on, right?"

Then she added that in skating you fall and you get back up.

Both she and Lysacek stood tall on this night.