CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Reigning world champion is considered the United States' best hope for a gold medal in men's figure skating since Brian Boitano in 1988. ... Won Grand Prix final and Skate America. ... Claimed spot on second Olympic team by finishing second at U.S. championships. ... Became first U.S. man since Todd Eldredge to win world title and did it despite a stress fracture in his left foot, which prevented him from attempting a quadruple jump. ... Two-time U.S. champion was devastated to finish third at nationals last season, but it caused him to refocus, leading to his victory at worlds. ... Finished fourth at Turin Olympics, a particularly impressive result considering he was so sick with the flu after the short program that he needed an IV. ... Also won bronze medals at the 2005 and '06 world championships. ... Best known for his artistry and performance skills. ... Started skating when he was 8 because his grandmother bought him skates for Christmas. ... Was on prom court his senior year at Neuqua Valley (Ill.) High School. ... Moved to Los Angeles to train with Frank Carroll after finishing high school. ... Big Los Angeles Lakers fan. Presented the game ball before a playoff game during Lakers' 2009 NBA title run. ... Has an older sister and a younger sister.