Lysacek edges Plushenko for Olympic gold
Photo by:Mark Baker
American defeats mighty Russian with superior free
The verdict is in: you don’t need a quad to win the Olympics. Not if you can skate like Evan Lysacek did on Thursday night.
The 24-year-old from Naperville, Ill., became the first reigning world champion since Scott Hamilton in 1984 to triumph at the Olympics, edging defending champion Evgeni Plushenko of Russia by 1.31 points. Lysacek is the first man to win Olympic gold without a quad since Alexei Urmanov in 1994. Daisuke Takahashi took bronze, the first Olympic figure skating medal won by a Japanese man. “It was definitely my best,” Lysacek said. “That’s what I came here to do. It’s been tough the last couple of months, not thinking of the results here, but I wanted to shove all those thoughts out of my head. “My thought process was just, basically, mind your own business. I wrote it on a little card when I got here, and I taped it up in my room: mind your own business. Worry about what I have to do, what my job is. And the truth of the matter is I accomplished that mission here.”