Olympic gold medalist Lysacek heats up ice in Seattle

Olympic gold medalist Lysacek heats up ice in Seattle
SEATTLE - He has a gold medal and a world championship - and on Saturday night Evan Lysacek was heating up the ice with his expert moves.

Most recently Lysacek has been known for rocking the dance floor on "Dancing with the Stars."

But on Saturday night, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek went back to his roots - trading in dancing shoes for ice skates at KeyArena.

KOMO News reporter Lindsay Cohen asked him which is harder dancing or skating?

"Skating is so physical, and I think people sometimes don't appreciate it. It's really a grueling sport," he says.

More than a dozen renowned skaters in the grueling sport of ice skating took center stage for Smuckers "Stars On Ice" - including Lysacek, who was greeted with loud applause during his solo performance.

Skating to the music of Michael Jackson, Lysacek got a rousing welcome from fans - not bad for someone who hasn't had a single day off since before the Olympics.

"Today was really my first day to get out, and I went with some friends with the show to the (Pike Place) Market and went shopping and was all around the city, and it was very nice, actually," Lysacek says. "I love Seattle."

And Seattle loves him - cheering on the Olympic champion.

Even though Lysacek won gold in the 2010 Olympics, there is one title that still eludes him: winner of “Dancing With the Stars.” Lysacek took second place in the competition, which ended on Tuesday night.

Just four nights later, Lysacek hit the Emerald City to perform in front of nearly 6,000 fans.

KOMO 4 didn’t want him to feel as though his dancing efforts went unnoticed, so we awarded Lysacek with a custom-made mini disco ball trophy, similar to the one given to the winner of “Dancing With the Stars.”

“Thank you. This is amazing. It says, 'winner,' ” Lysacek said, laughing.

“It's going right next to the gold medal.”

After a stop in Portland on Sunday, Lysacek packs his bags - and his skates - to perform overseas in Korea.