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Lysacek skates to town, day after TV

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com

Hey, Evan Lysacek, you just won gold at the Vancouver Olympics. What's next? Apparently, working as hard as humanly possible. The No. 1 ranked men's figure skater in the world is on the 10th season of "Dancing with the Stars" while skating in "Stars on Ice," the long-running ice show coming to the Cedar Park Center today . We spoke to him about 10 minutes after he exited the ice in Indianapolis.

"Wednesday are my toughest days," Lysacek said. "There's the show on Tuesday, then training until midnight, then a flight to the next city on the tour. I'm glad when the day is done, but it's always energizing getting to skate for fans."

All sorts of folks come out to see "Stars on Ice," from Olympics nerds to families to fans of all things fabulous.

"Some of them want to see Olympic routines, some want to see strictly show routines," Lysacek said. "I think it's nice for diehard Olympic fans to be able to see competitive routines up close. It's much different live."

Lysacek readily admits he thought his skating would give him a natural advantage on "Dancing With the Stars." "Absolutely I did and I was wrong," he said. "There's very little you can take from one to the other. To do it correctly and properly I have to unlearn 16 years of training. The body action is completely different and I have a hard time learning steps, so I try to give myself as much time as I can to learn the steps. Fortunately, my partner (professional ballroom and Latin dancer) Anna Trebunskaya is extremely patient with me."

They must be doing something right - the team nailed a perfect score of 30 with the Argentine Tango in the May 3 episode. (This story went to press before Tuesday night's elimination episode. )

And how about his signature black outfits from the Olympics, the ones that made him look like a skating General Zod from "Superman II."

"It's an accidental signature," Lysacek laughs. "Vera Wang designed those. If she tells me to wear black, I wear black."

'Stars on Ice'

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12

Where: Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars.

Cost: $25.50-$130.50.

Information: 800-745-3000, www.cedarparkcenter.com