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Evan Lysacek shares Olympic memories

Evan Lysacek
Photo by Joe Scarnici

Evan Lysacek has had amazing success as an Olympic athlete. In 2010, he amazed many when became the first U.S. male to win a gold medal since Brian Boitano. Lysacek’s journey took him to the Sochi Olympics; however, after a torn labrum in his left hip, the route turned out differently than he initially expected. “I was hoping to be here competing so I’m still disappointed about that, but I am enjoying wearing a little bit of a different hat here working as an analyst for the Today show,” he said.

Although Lysacek’s plan to compete didn’t happen, he admitted to providing the best coverage of the men’s figure skating because he had planned to be competing. His fresh and current perspective during the men’s event kept everyone informed.

“The atmosphere here in Sochi is building as the games get underway,” he told during the Olympics.

Lysacek explained the mood of Sochi and how the athletes were adjusting to the Olympic village. He said that they were satisfied with the venues, the conditions, and even the organization at the Olympics. Lysacek reminded us that the most important thing was for the athletes to be happy and building their spirit.

When asked about his journey as an athlete, Lysacek spoke fondly of being on ice, and stated that his success was contributed in part to his parent’s great guidance. He recalled the advice of his mother, “If someone is better than you at something, you have to work harder than them.” According to Lysacek, he always took what his parents said to heart and doesn’t believe that his mother’s advice was bad.

He continued, “They always tried to teach me the difference between striving for fame or money and striving for real achievement.”

His tenacious spirit and love for the ice never had him fearful or nervous. Admittedly so, he loves to win, and will always cherish “standing on top of the podium with a gold medal,” he said. “I appreciated every single chance that I had to get out there and compete at something that I loved.”

Although the gold medalist didn’t get to defend his title in this year’s Olympics, he has been active since leaving Sochi. He was also in St. Petersburg, Russia for the second half of the games where he worked with the state department as an envoy to highlight new sports programs and promote diplomacy and unity throughout sports. Lysacek spoke of being hopeful about getting back on the ice after feeling some improvement with his injury.

Lysacek said that he’s grateful to his parents, and because of their support he’s proud to work with Crest on behalf of the P&G ‘Thank You, Mom’ Campaign. “Many of my fellow Olympic athletes have been involved with this campaign as well and several of them created, 'Raising an Olympian' films, like my 'Raising an Olympian' film that are inspirational and moving,” he said.

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