Evan Lysacek making comeback

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Olympic champion figure skater Evan Lysacek says he's gearing up for a comeback for the 2014 Olympics.

"I've set my sights on Sochi," Lysacek said Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Committee annual assembly, while receiving the award as the federation's male athlete of the year for 2010.

Lysacek skipped last season because of a heavy schedule of non-skating events, but he didn't rule out a return to competition.

Back in training with coach Frank Carroll since May, Lysacek got back on the Grand Prix schedule this year, drawing Skate America and Trophee Bompard on his list of assignments.

He has not competed since Vancouver, where he became the first American man to win the Olympic gold medal since Brian Boitano in 1988.

"I wanted to make sure that going back into it, I was positive that's what I wanted to do," he said in explaining the long layoff. "I gave myself the option every morning when I got up. I said, `If I don't want to go to the rink today, I don't have to go.' But I didn't miss a day. I thought that was a good sign."

Lysacek's comeback could set up a rematch with Russia's Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic champion who criticized Lysacek after the American defeated him in Vancouver. Lysacek did not do a quadruple jump on the way to his Olympic title, drawing the ire of Plushenko -- and all of Russia.

"I was positive that I won. But I suppose Evan needs a medal more than I do," Plushenko said that night.

Lysacek said he never held any ill will toward Plushenko and his comeback had nothing to do with setting up a rematch in Plushenko's home country.

"All is forgiven," Lysacek said. "I wish him the best. Like I said there, sometimes things are said in the heat of the moment, especially by young people under pressure. You say things under pressure and I don't blame him for that."