US Figure Skating

I am going to be a big dork and talk about figure skating for a second so bare with me. I was happy to find out that American Evan Lysacek beat Russian Yevgeny Plushenko. The last American man to win an Olympic Gold in figure skating was Brian Boitano in 1988. Between then and now, men’s figure skating, just like pairs, has been dominated by Russian skaters so it’s nice to see an American win. There is some controversy over the win because Plushenko landed a quadruple and Lysacek didn’t even attempt one. However, Lysacek skated cleanly and with the whole package. He didn’t only have clean jumps but also tight centered spins, good artistry, and connecting steps. Ever since I was younger and started competing it has always been about the complete package. To me that is classic figure skating. So I think Lysacek’s win was fair. Feel free to put in your two cents over the debate and let me know if you are going to watch the ladies short and free this week.

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