But being an Olympic gold medalist in one of the most popular sports at the Olympics is a demanding job.
“I’ve been working non-stop almost every day,” Lysacek told the News.
Indeed, it seems that Lysacek has been everywhere, from the ice, to television and magazines. There were several events and awards for the newly-crowned Olympian, including judging the Miss Universe competition, attending the Academy Awards and skating with the Stars on Ice post-Olympic Tour. He was also nominated for an ESPY award and the Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” award, he won the 2010 Golden Skate Award and modeled for several magazines including ESPN’s 2010 Body Issue.
Perhaps his most well-known project after the Olympics was participating in the popular television show “Dancing with the Stars,” where he competed against other celebrities in ballroom dance. Lysacek placed second overall in the competition, training and competing in dancing while also performing in the 41 city Stars on Ice Olympic Tour.
“It was really challenging because everyone expected me to know how to dance and I didn’t,” he said. “It was fun but I felt the pressure to be good at dancing and live up to that expectation.”
Another project Evan participated in recently was a film called “Rise,” a movie by United States Figure Skating about the 1961 plane crash tragedy when all of the passengers enroute to the World Figure Skating Championships perished.
“I was really honored to be a part of this project; the 1961 tragedy really hits home for me because my coach Frank was affected by it, and he is like family to me,” Lysacek said. “I hope this movie touches people; it is very special.”
For the first time since his Skate America win in November 2009, Evan is returning to the Olympic Center to entertain alongside skating legends in the 25th Anniversary tour of Stars on Ice.
“This year is really important, since it’s the 25th Anniversary and they are bringing back skaters I idolize, like Kurt Browning and Ekaterina Goordeva,” he said. “It’s great to incorporate skaters from different generations skating together in the same show.”
Evan is not new to Stars on Ice. In addition to the Olympic tour, he was a guest star in several cities in the 2009 tour. Although show skating is different from competition, it is not all that different.
“We still perform difficult tricks and prepare much the same way,” Lysacek said.
For the 25th Anniversary tour, Evan will be skating to a Tango from the movie “Moulin Rouge” and a piece that was specially recorded for him by David Hernandez, a competitor in American Idol Season 7. The program was choreographed by “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Travis Wall.
Lysacek said he recognizes that Lake Placid’s unique Olympic legacy makes it an ideal starting point for the Stars on Ice tour.
“More than ever, after my story unfolded the way it did in Vancouver, I’ve looked up to the 1980 US Hockey team and can feel their presence when I skate in the 1980 arena,” he said. “We all feel the Olympic history in the town; it is very special that we are starting our tour here.”
The Nov. 27 performance will be recorded and televised nationally on NBC on Jan. 22.
Tickets start at $26 and are available via Tickets.com and the Olympic Center Box Office. For more information, call 518-523-3330. More information about Stars on Ice, including ticket information, is also available at www.starsonice.com/.
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Fact BoxTickets start at $26 and are available via Tickets.com and the Olympic Center Box Office. For more information, call 518-523-3330. More information about Stars on Ice, including ticket information, is also available at www.starsonice.com/.