Evan Lysacek Bio - Biography

Name Evan Lysacek
Height 6 ft 1 in
Naionality American
Date of Birth June 4, 1985
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California
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In 1996, Lysacek won the U.S. national title at the Juvenile level. In 1997, he moved up to Intermediate and won the pewter medal (fourth place) at the Junior Olympics, after winning both his regional and his sectional qualifying competitions.

After failing to qualify for Nationals on the novice level in 1998, Lysacek won the U.S. Novice title in 1999[8] at the age of thirteen and then immediately followed it with the U.S. Junior title in 2000[9] at the age of fourteen, placing fifth in the short program and first in the free skate, placing first overall. He was the first male skater since Terry Kubicka to win back-to-back Novice and Junior Men's titles in the United States.The win on the junior level was unusual in that Lysacek moved from third to first overall while sitting backstage, because he won through a tiebreak in the 6.0 ordinal system.Lysacek was tied with Parker Pennington in second place ordinals and had one more first place ordinal, giving him the win in the free skate in the Total Ordinals of Majority tiebreaker, which pushed him ahead in overall factored placements, allowing him to win the title overall.

Lysacek had a strong showing in the 2000–2001 season. He showed promise on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, winning two silver medals and qualifying for the Junior Grand Prix Final. He placed 12th in his senior debut at Nationals, at the age of fifteen. Lysacek was named second alternate to the US team to the 2001 World Junior Figure Skating Championships and was placed on the team after Ryan Bradley dropped out due to injury. Lysacek performed two clean programs and came in second behind fellow American Johnny Weir. This was the first time since 1987 that the US had captured gold and silver on the World Junior podium.

The next season was a disappointing one. Lysacek dealt with several injuries, including broken ribs, which resulted in lost training time. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the United States Figure Skating Association cancelled the Junior Grand Prix event to be held in Arizona and did not allow their junior skaters to compete on the Junior Grand Prix circuit.Lysacek lost motivation, repeated his 12th place finish at the U.S. Championships and was not selected for the World Junior team.

After that, Lysacek changed his diet and his training habits and made goals for himself.In the 2002-2003 season, he once again won medals on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, qualified again for the Junior Grand Prix Final, placed in the top ten at the U.S. Championships and competed at the 2003 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, his first senior international competition, and was placed on the 2003 Junior Worlds team. Due to the United States' poor performance at the 2002 Junior Worlds, they only had two men's spots. The US team was under a lot of pressure to earn three spots for the 2004 Junior Worlds. But the withdrawel of Parker Pennington, the higher ranked man on the two man team, focused on all that pressure on Lysacek's performance. Lysacek landed his first clean triple axel jump of his career in the qualifying round of that competition and his second clean one in the free skate.His silver medal winning performance earned the United States three spots to the 2004 Junior Worlds.

After graduating from high school in 2003, Lysacek made a coaching change and began to work with Ken Congemi and Frank Carroll in El Segundo, California. With Congemi and Carroll, Lysacek won both of his Junior Grand Prix assignments as well as the Junior Grand Prix Final.[19] He placed fifth at nationals and was put on the 2004 Four Continents team, where he won the bronze as his first senior-level international medal. Lysacek then went on to the 2004 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where he won a third silver medal.

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