Chan to face Lysacek in Paris Grand Prix
International Skating Union releases Grand Prix schedule
World champion Patrick Chan will face Olympic champion Evan Lysacek at the Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris in November.
The matchup was revealed Monday on the list of Grand Prix assignments released by the International Skating Union.
Toronto's Chan and Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., will open their Grand Prix campaign at Skate Canada in Mississauga, Ont., in October.
Lysacek, who took last season off, drew Skate America and Trophee Bompard. He has not competed since Vancouver, where he became the first American man to win the Olympic gold medal since Brian Boitano in 1988.
Lysacek skipped last season because of a heavy schedule of promotions and appearances, including touring with the "Stars on Ice" 25th anniversary tour. But he did not rule out a return to competition, saying in January he was still doing run-throughs of his Olympic programs and working on quadruple jumps.
Lysacek's return would be a huge boost to the U.S. men, who will have only two spots at the world championships for the first time since 2001. Lysacek was the 2009 world champion, and bronze medallist in 2005 and 2006.
Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic champion, was not assigned to any of the six Grand Prixs. The Russian's eligibility was restored earlier this month by the ISU, and he has said he hopes to compete at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
Also skipping the Grand Prix season this year are world champion Miki Ando and Olympic champion Kim Yu-na. Ando said she did not have enough time to prepare programs for the new season while Kim is busy promoting Pyeongchang's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The Grand Prix season begins Oct. 21-23 with Skate America in Ontario, Calif. Skate Canada is next Oct. 27-30, followed by Cup of China, NHK Trophy in Japan, Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris and the Cup of Russia. The Grand Prix final will be Dec. 8-11 in Quebec City.