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Claim to fame: Olympic gold medal-winning ice skater
Full Name: Evan Frank Lysacek
Date of Birth: June 4, 1985
Birthplace: Naperville, IL
Occupation: Olympic ice skater
Previous dance experience: Sort of, since he's a professional ice skater with extensive choreography experience.
Choreography. Flashy costumes. Shiny trophies. Ice skater Evan Lysacek and ballroom dancing sound like a match made in heaven.
The Olympic Gold Medal Winner and World Figure Skating Champion has been hitting the ice since the age of 8, when he started playing ice hockey.
A native of Naperville, IL, Evan relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to train with Frank Carroll who, in addition to his Olympic and World titles, has also coached Evan to two US National Titles. Carroll helped Lysacek achieve a 4th place showing at the Torino Olympic Games in 2006. His gold-medal win on the ice in Vancouver was the first in 22 years for an American male at the Olympics. Let's hope Evan has just as much luck on the dance floor as he does on the ice!
In late spring 2010, Evan plans to tour as a member of the all-star cast of Stars on Ice. But for now, he'll be cuttin' a rug on DWTS.
Achievements and Awards:
Lysacek is the 2010 Olympic champion, the 2009 World champion, the 2005 and 2007 Four Continents champion, the 2007 and 2008 U.S. national champion, and the 2009/2010 Grand Prix Final champion. Lysacek was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he placed fourth in the men's event. He was the United States Olympic Committee's Male Athlete of the Month for November, 2006, and March, 2009. As of February, 2010, Lysacek was ranked first in the world.