The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where the Olympic team will be selected, are Jan. 9-12 in Boston.
Lysacek has tried to rush back from injuries before, only to make things worse, and promises he has learned his lesson. Sitting next to him Monday at an event for sponsor Procter & Gamble, his mother, Tanya, agreed that her son now understands that.
"Every time you learn a little more and get a little smarter, and you know what your boundaries are," she said.
They were promoting a "Thank You, Mom" video that relives Evan's golden moment in Vancouver. He's chasing that feeling again.
Dick Button is the only man since World War II to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating gold medals, and most champions didn't even attempt to defend their titles.
Lysacek missed more than a month of training, but that's not his major concern.
"I'm not worried that I'm not in shape," he said. "It's just really going to be dependent on the rate at which I heal, and unfortunately that's out of my control. I wish I could control that."
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