Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/4/14

SPOKANE, WA - JANUARY 17: Evan Lysacek acknowledges the crowd as he takes the ice before the medal ceremony for the men's event during the US Figure Skating Championships at Spokane Arena on January 17, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Olympic champion Evan Lysacek will return to competition for the first time since Vancouver at Skate America. That Lysacek drew Skate America when the Grand Prix assignments were handed out Monday was no surprise. He'd hoped to make his return there last year, only to be sidelined by a torn abdominal muscle. The injury required surgery and also forced him out of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Though Skate America is Lysacek's only Grand Prix, it will give him a good idea of how he stacks up against the international competition. World silver medalist Denis Ten also was assigned to Skate America, as was Olympic bronze medalist and 2010 world champion Daisuke Takahashi, who last year won the Grand Prix Final. Former world champion Brian Joubert and U.S. champion Max Aaron are in the field for the event, Oct. 18-20 in Detroit. Aaron also drew the NHK Trophy in Tokyo. Kim Yu-na, back on the Grand Prix circuit for the first time since she won gold at the Vancouver Olympics, w...

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