Men’s figure skating was a nail-biter Thursday night (Feb. 18) as Evan Lysacek waited to see if one of the best performances of his career would be good enough to win him the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Lysacek, wearing an all-black outfit accented by a raised sparkling snake decoration encircling his neck, was very much like a snake himself, coiling very deliberately before every major technical element was executed … and then landing them on sure feet.
By the end of the program, Lysacek showed the crowed just how proud he was for nailing the program, face grimacing with emotion and fist raised and pumped during spins and glides.
The champ had to wait through all the rest of the programs, however, to discover his fate since his biggest competition, Yevgeny Plushenko, who was previously in the lead after the men’s short program, skated last in the free skate.
Plushenko did well, but it wasn’t enough. Lysacek won the title, becoming the first American to win the title since Brian Boitano in 1988, and the first reigning world champion to win since Scott Hamilton in 1984.
If you missed the performance, you can check out NBC’s video.
The other American who drew the crowds was Johnny Weir, whose clean and crowd-pleasing performance only landed him in sixth place.
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