Factbox: Gold medalist Evan Lysacek

(BestGrowthStock) – Here are some facts about Evan Lysacek of the United States who won the gold medal in the men’s free skating at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Thursday.

Age: 24

Place of birth: Chicago, United States

Residence: Los Angeles, United States

Previous Olympic results:

Fourth, 2006 Winter Olympics

Career achievements:

Gold medalist, 2009 world championships

2x bronze medalist, 2006, 2005 world championships

2x gold medalist, 2007, 2005 Four Continents championships, men

Runner-up, Grand Prix 2009-10 ranking

BACKGROUND

Lysacek started the sport in 1994 and made his debut for the United States in 2003. He originally wanted to play ice hockey but chose figure skating after enjoying early success in the sport.

He missed the 2008 world championships due to a shoulder injury and suffered a stress fracture in his hip in 2004.

The 24-year-old takes method acting classes in Beverly Hills in the United States and has appeared in an independent skating film.

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(Writing by Neil Maidment; Editing by Ed Osmond)

Factbox: Gold medalist Evan Lysacek