Evan Lysacek's Countdown to Sochi

Published 10/25 2013 02:27PM

Updated 10/29 2013 03:37PM

Citi Every Step of the Way Program

About the Program

·        Citi has donated $500,000 to the U.S. Olympic Committee to launch the Every Step of the Way program for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. 

·        The Every Step of the Way program benefits U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages in communities across America.

·        Launched in 2012, Citi is passing the torch to a new team of Citi athletes and extending the program through 2014, donating a total of $1 million dollars to the U.S. Olympic Committee since 2012.

·        Citis $500,000 donation to the USOC will be allocated to Sport Programs chosen by Citis nine Olympic and Paralympic qualifiers, hopefuls and ambassadors and will support a range of programs, including access to winter sports for inner-city youth and funding for Paralympic hopefuls.

How Fans Can Participate

·        Fans can visit Citi.com/EveryStep to help allocate Citis donation to the Sport Program chosen by their favorite Team Citi athlete.

·        Participating is fast, easy and fun.  By selecting an athlete at Citi.com/EveryStep a portion of Citis donation will be allocated to help support the next generation of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages.

Team Citi Member Evan Lyacek and his Sport Program  

·        Evan Lysacek, Two-time Olympian, 2010 gold medalist; mens figure skating 

·        Since 2006, Evan has worked with Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH), a program that empowers young women in underserved New York City communities by combining the power of education with the discipline of figure skating. FSH is on a 3-year path to double in size from 200 to 400 students by creating a new extension program that will provide academic, health and wellness opportunities to girls ages 6-18.  

The reigning Olympic champion, Evan Lysacek captured the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, the first American in 24 years to hold the prestigious title.  Together with his Olympic victory, Lysacek has won 10 major titles including a World championship (2009), two U.S. championships (2007, 2008) and the Grand Prix Final (2009), making him the most decorated U.S. male skater of the past decade.

Lysacek plans to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where he will attempt to become the first man to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating titles in more than half a century.  Americas Dick Button was the last man to accomplish the feat, winning in 1948 and 1952.

A ferocious competitor, Lysacek lives by the philosophy that each day is a fresh start. Go and fight every day, no matter whats happened the day before or what might happen, he says. Dont think about the past or the future - stay in the present.

That is precisely what Lysacek did during the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Two dynamic, intense programs allowed him to defeat the defending Olympic champion and transformed Lysacek into Americas first Olympic mens gold medalist since Brian Boitano in 1988.

Lysaceks activities away from the ice are equally noteworthy.  In April 2012, Lysacek was appointed a sports envoy by the U.S. Department of State, a position in which he engages overseas youth in positive dialogue on the importance of education, positive health practices and respect for diversity. In 2010, Lysacek was runner-up on the 10th season of Dancing with the Stars and served as a spokesman for U.S. Figure Skatings highly acclaimed film RISE.

His charitable work is extensive. Lysacek has given his time and talents to such organizations as Figure Skating in Harlem, HELP USA, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation. 

Lysacek has received numerous awards and honors including being named the 2010 U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year and receiving the 2010 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the U.S.

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