And the Vancouver 2010 men's figure skating Olympic champion is...the reigning World Champion, USA's Evan Lysacek. He is the first American to win Olympic Gold since Brian Boitano in 1988, and the first for his coach Frank Carroll (former coach of Michelle Kwan, silver medalist of the 2002 Games).
Men Results after Long Program:
Evan Lysacek 257.67
Evgeni Plushenko 256.36
Daisuke Takahashi 247.23
Men Short Program
Evgeni Plushenko 90.85
Evan Lysacek 90.30
Daisuke Takahashi 90.25
No quads for Lysacek, but a clean long program. Evgeny Plushenko opened with a quad-triple toe loop combination and was awarded 14.6 points for it. His program was front loaded - with the last minute having no jumps. Daisuke Takahashi attempted a quad but fell, giving him only 1 point for that jump.
To quad or not to quad...:
[QUOTE]"It's not men's figure skating," Plushenko said contemptuously. "Now, it's dancing."[/QUOTE]
Lysacek practically admitted as much, saying that he had shown "a complete package" of skating moves, not just giant jumps.
"If it was a jumping competition they'd give you 10 seconds to go and do your best jump," the American said.
"We need to change the system, judging system, because quad is quad. If Olympic champion, he doesn't know how to jump quad, no, I don't know."
His manager, Ari Zakarian, was more succinct: "We are going in the direction of becoming ballet on ice."
He suggested that in the wake of this defeat, Plushenko might not compete when the games move to his native Russia in four years time.
If "the quad is not going to be appreciated, probably (he) will never try to go for the Olympics," Zakarian said. "Now, he just finished (his program) and he says, 'You know what? That's it.' He says, 'I don't see any future here.'"
Plushenko, asked later about those comments, said: "Who said? My manager? He lied to you, he is joking.'"
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