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Last year, Evan Lysacek took a life-changing turn on the ice when he was crowned with a men's figure-skating gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Now, the skater is already busy planning for the future.
"As far as the next Olympics, I'm definitely looking forward to Sochi, (Russia), in 2014, which is now three years away, as a very real option for me," he tells iVillage exclusively.
While looking to what lies ahead, 25-year-old Lysacek is also paying homage to the past with the documentary film Rise, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team that perished in a plane crash on its way to the World Championships in Prague. "It's commemorating basically everything that's happened over the course of the past 50 years," says Lysacek, who’s a spokesperson for the film. "Mine was just one of the stories of triumph." First released for a one-night-only run in February, it returns to theaters on March 7 with an encore engagement. (Click here for theaters screening the movie).
And one of Lysacek's biggest supporters during the 2010 Olympics was gold medal-winning gymnast Nastia Liukin. The skater, who confirmed that they were dating at the time, remains close with the Russian-born athlete -- though gives a "no comment" response when asked if they're still an item. "Nastia's been a really, really great person to have in my life," Lysacek explains. "She really helped me leading up to Vancouver because there's a lot of emotions and a lot of things that you go through while you're in the isolation of preparing for the Olympics. And then to have her there and be there for support really meant a lot to me."
Watch our exclusive video (above) to find out what Evan Lysacek was like as a "shy" kid and how his life has changed since nabbing a gold at the Olympics.