American figure skater Evan Lysacek announced on TODAY Friday his return to competition later this year, along with plans to defend his Olympic gold medal at the next Winter Games.
Lysacek told TODAY he took personal time off following his 2010 Olympic win in Vancouver, but that he’s mentally and physically prepared to return to the ice.
“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.”
Lysacek, 27, acknowledged that his body isn’t the same as when he earned the titles of world and Olympic champion several years ago, but said he believes he will be ready for the 2014 Winter Games in the southwest Russian city of Sochi.
“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,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this build-up to Sochi.”
Lysacek plans to return to competition in October at the Hilton HHonors Skate America competition in Kent, Wash. He said his programs have been choreographed, his music selected and his costumes prepared by American fashion designer Vera Wang.
A “couple more months of preparation, the finishing touches, and I’ll be ready to go in October,” he said.
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