Lysacek always has prided himself on being psychologically better than his competitors. There are some who believe his steadiness in Vancouver unnerved his main rival, Plushenko, who was sloppy in the free skate while Lysacek was near-perfect.
To Lysacek, a strong mind is as important as a fit body, which is saying a lot considering what a workaholic Lysacek is; longtime coach Frank Carroll often has had to ask Lysacek to cut back his time on the ice.
''My focus is like a laser right now,'' he said. ''I guess in a way I am lucky to have so much experiences, all those competitions throughout my career and to really know what works for me and what does not.
''It can be kind of an experimental process for the younger skaters, but I am able to have that laser focus and know what I need to do and, just as important, what I need not to do.''
One thing Lysacek didn't need much of before was the quad. His presentation, technical strength, emotion and attention to detail were his trademarks and carried him to the top of his profession.
But now ...
''I have a firm plan to put in a quad toe,'' Lysacek said of the four-revolution jump that, to him, has had a somewhat negative effect on the sport. ''It was going really well before all the complications of the last year, and it is a strong jump for me.
''A totally different question is what I think of the quad in competition, I still think it is more important to skate cleanly, which is still my goal and what I go for. I want to nail every trick and every pass. When I take off my skater's hat, I like to watch everyone skate clean.''