In 2007 he captured the bronze medal at the 2007 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final. Though injury forced him to withdraw from the world championships in 2008, Lysacek was victorious at that competition in 2009; he was the first American in 13 years (since Todd Eldredge) to become world champion. At the Yevgeny Plushchenko to become the first American man to win Olympic figure skating gold since Brian Boitano in 1988.
Lysacek did not compete in the two skating seasons that followed his Olympic triumph.
Lysacek graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in 2003.
During high school, Lysacek was a member of the honor roll, where he earned a number of academic achievement awards, including the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence in 1999.
In the 2002–2003 season, he competed on the 2002–2003 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit and won two silver medals. Championships, his goal had been to place in the top ten. Lysacek was named third alternate for the 2003 Four Continents Championships and was placed on the team after other skaters withdrew.
He was the 4th qualifier for the 2002–2003 Junior Grand Prix Final, where he placed 5th. He placed 10th at this event in his senior international debut.
After graduating from high school, Lysacek moved to California, where he trained under famed coach Frank Carroll.
At the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Lysacek was in 10th place at the end of the short program and sick with the stomach flu.
He gained national attention by fighting through his illness during the free skate and ultimately placing fourth overall in the men’s skating event. championships at the senior level, he was twice gold medalist (20), silver medalist (20), and bronze medalist (20).
He appeared in the independent short film Skate Great! In 2015, he started working for Vera Wang, his former costume designer. His grandmother had always wanted to be in the Ice Capades, so she bought him skates for Christmas. The win on the junior level was unusual in that Lysacek moved from third to first overall while sitting backstage, because he won through a tiebreak in the 6.0 ordinal system. Championships, he was assigned to the 2000 Gardena Spring Trophy in Urtijëi where he won the silver medal on the junior level.
He originally wanted to play hockey, so his mother enrolled him and his sister Laura in figure-skating lessons to learn how to skate. Lysacek was tied with Parker Pennington in second place ordinals and had one more first place ordinal, giving him the win in the free skate in the Total Ordinals of Majority tiebreaker, which pushed him ahead in overall factored placements, allowing him to win the title overall. Lysacek had a strong showing in the 2000–2001 season. Lysacek was named second alternate to the US team to the 2001 World Junior Championships and was placed on the team after Ryan Bradley withdrew due to injury.