The reigning Olympic champion, Evan Lysacek captured the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, the first American in 24 years to hold the prestigious title. Together with his Olympic victory, Lysacek has won 10 major titles including a World championship (2009), two U.S. championships (2007, 2008) and the Grand Prix Final (2009), making him the most decorated U.S. male skater of the past decade.

Lysacek plans to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where he will attempt to become the first man to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating titles in more than half a century. America’s Dick Button was the last man to accomplish the feat, winning in 1948 and 1952.

A ferocious competitor, Lysacek lives by the philosophy that each day is a fresh start. “Go and fight every day, no matter what’s happened the day before or what might happen,” he says. “Don’t think about the past or the future — stay in the present.”

That is precisely what Lysacek did during the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Two dynamic, intense programs allowed him to defeat the defending Olympic champion and transformed Lysacek into America’s first Olympic men’s gold medalist since Brian Boitano in 1988.

Lysacek’s activities away from the ice are equally noteworthy. In April 2012, Lysacek was appointed a sports envoy by the U.S. Department of State, a position in which he engages overseas youth in positive dialogue on the importance of education, positive health practices and respect for diversity. In 2010, Lysacek was runner-up on the 10th season of “Dancing with the Stars” and served as a spokesman for U.S. Figure Skating’s highly acclaimed film RISE.

His charitable work is extensive. Lysacek has given his time and talents to such organizations as Figure Skating in Harlem, HELP USA, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Lysacek has received numerous awards and honors including being named the 2010 U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year and receiving the 2010 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the U.S.

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