Evan Lysacek Announces Return to Skating

by 8:24 AM PDT, August 10, 2012
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Reigning Olympic champion figure skater Evan Lysacek officially announced his return to competitive skating on Friday with the goal of qualifying for a third straight Winter Games.

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Lysacek, 27, broke the news himself on Today show. "Nothing satisfied me as much as training and competing," he said. "I still have the Olympic bug and I think I have one more (Olympics) in me." 

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While acknowledging that his body isn't the same as when he earned the titles of world and Olympic champion several years ago, he said he believes he'll be ready for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia."I've had to be a smarter and more efficient athlete, so training has been definitely different, but I've enjoyed every second of it." 

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Lysacek's first competition since the 2010 Winter Olympics will be the Hilton HHonors Skate America event this October in Kent, Washington. He said his programs have already been choreographed and he teamed up once again with fashion designer Vera Wang to design his costumes.