Ok, admit it: it did not really come as a surprise. Plushenko's back, Weir's back, Kim's back, Ando's back, Rochette's (pondering to be) back... Slutskaya's back, Jagudin's back, Arakawa's back... No, wait! I let my enthusiasm run away with me! 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, The Third Age Olympics!
Obviously, I'm only joking. But there have been a lot of comebacks, of late. And Lysacek is only the last one, in terms of time.
Indeed, Evan Lysacek announced this morning on NBC's "TODAY" in London his plans to return to competitive figure skating after a two-season layoff.
U.S. Figure Skating confirms that Lysacek has completed the necessary paperwork and is set to compete at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America. The opening event of the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, Skate America will take place Oct. 19-21, at the ShoWare Center in Seattle/Kent, Wash.
U.S. Figure Skating has also announced that that single-session tickets for 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America will be available at 10 a.m. (PT) Friday, Aug. 10. Starting at $10 per session, tickets will be available by visiting www.2012skateamerica.com/tickets or the ShoWare Center box office.
"I am returning to competitive skating with the ultimate goal of representing the U.S. at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and successfully defending my Olympic title," Lysacek said. "I'm excited that my first competition back will be at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Kicking off my return on home soil will make it even sweeter."
Lysacek has not skated competitively since he earned the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Training with longtime coach Frank Carroll, Lysacek has chosen to skate to music from the album Poeta by Spanish flamenco composer Vincent Amigo for his short program and to "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix," an aria from Camille Saint-Saëns's opera Samson and Delilah, for his free skate.
"He's stayed in extremely good shape physically. He's got lovely programs. Everything seems a go for him at this point," Carroll said. "I'm delighted he's going to try to skate again."
If you are Evan's fan and want to learn more about what he did during his two-season layoff, read the May 2011 cover story of SKATING magazine below!
Source: USFSA and Icenetwork