Evan Lysacek wins the gold, Johnny Weir gets robbed

Men's Figure Skating Free Program at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

It was a glorious night for the Americans Thursday. American Evan Lysacek, who was in second place after Tuesday’s figure skating short program, gave one of the best, most beautiful, and most technically proficient performances of his career, and it won him the gold medal. Lysacek unseated the reigning world champion and Torino figure skating gold medalist Yevgeny Plushenko – even though Plushenko did this crazy “quad” that no other skater could do without falling on his ass. Unfortunaely for Plushenko, his performance just wasn’t that “pretty” in my opinion. He seemed less graceful and more raunchily feline (is that a good description?), rubbing his own body as he “danced” and jerked his way across the ice. Plushenko wasn’t thrilled about being unseated, either, telling reporters after Lyascek won the gold, “If the Olympic champion doesn’t know how to jump a quad, I don’t know. Now it’s not men’s figure skating, now it’s dancing.” Bitch! Here’s more from NBC’s coverage:

Sports News - February 19, 2010

Evan Lysacek brought down the champion. Lysacek became the first U.S. man to win the Olympic gold medal since Brian Boitano in 1988, shocking everyone — maybe even himself — by upsetting defending champion Yevgeny Plushenko on Thursday night. Plushenko came out of retirement with the sole purpose of making a little history of his own with a second straight gold medal.

The last to skate. Plushenko held up both index fingers when he finished, as if to say, “Was there ever any question?” As it turned out, yes.

And it wasn’t really that close.

When Plushenko’s scores were posted, someone in the arena screamed, “Evan Lysacek has won the gold!” Backstage, surrounded by longtime coach Frank Carroll and pairs gold medalists Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, Lysacek threw back his head in disbelief and utter elation.

“I could have stood up there for hours and thought about every moment of training that I was thinking, ‘God, what if one day?”‘ Lysacek said. “And it kept me going and it pushed me.”

The reigning world champion finished with a career-best 257.67, 1.31 ahead of the Russian. Daisuke Takahashi won the bronze, the first Japanese man to win a figure skating medal at the Olympic Games.

Johnny Weir was sixth and U.S. champ Jeremy Abbott rallied to finish ninth.

Lysacek, whose world title was the first by a U.S. man since 1996, looked almost dazed when he heard the first notes of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” But as he watched the flag rise, he broke into a wide grin.

“I saw that American flag go up and I couldn’t believe it was for me,” Lysacek said.

Someone handed him a U.S. flag as he left the medals podium to take on his victory lap, and he waved it a few times before twirling it above his head like a lasso. As he skated around the arena, he held a bouquet aloft in his right hand and clutched his gold medal in the left. No way anyone was going to take this away from him.

Especially not Plushenko.

Much had been made about of Plushenko’s transition scores, the mark given for the steps connecting the elements, as well as his other component scores — think of the old artistic marks. But those didn’t cost him the medal.

Lysacek edged Plushenko on the mark for their technical elements — jumps, spins and footwork. That’s the score where the three-time Olympic medalist and three-time world champion has pretty much made his trademark. And Lysacek won despite not doing a quadruple jump.

“If the Olympic champion doesn’t know how to jump a quad, I don’t know,” Plushenko said. “Now it’s not men’s figure skating, now it’s dancing.”

But Lysacek makes no apologies for what he does — and doesn’t — do. He’s done the quad before, but it puts a lot of stress on the left foot that he broke last year. He originally planned to do the quad here, but after feeling pain in the foot again after last month’s U.S. championships, he decided it wasn’t worth the risk of getting hurt and having to miss the games.

“If it was a jumping competition, they’d give you 10 seconds to go do your best jump. But it’s about 4 minutes and 40 seconds of skating and performing from start to finish,” Lysacek said. “That was my challenge tonight, and I feel like I did quite well.”

The first of the big guns to skate in the last group, Lysacek seemed more workmanlike than usual for the first three minutes of the program. Everything he did was technically perfect. His jumps were done with the control and dependability of a fine Swiss timepiece, and his spins were so well-centered you could see the tight little circle of his tracings clear across the ice.

He didn’t have all his usual flair and charisma, looking more focused on the tasks at hand. But when he landed his last jump, a double axel, Lysacek let loose. His face was so expressive that budding actors should have taken note, and he fixed the judges with a majestic glare during his circular steps. By the time he finished his final spin, fans were roaring their approval.

The last note of his music was still fading when Lysacek pumped his fists and screamed, “Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!” He clapped his hands and skated to center ice, throwing his arms out wide to the crowd and blowing kisses.

[From NBC Olympic coverage]

Figure Skating Men's Singles - Day 7

Sports News - February 19, 2010

While I’m totally thrilled for Evan, and happy to see that bitch Plushenko get taken down a notch (I’m such a child of the Cold War, right?), the biggest disappointment for me (and for many, many fans of the sport) was Johnny Weir. Not to say that Weir didn’t skate his heart out and give one of the most beautiful and proficient performances of his career – he totally did. But Weir was grossly underscored by the judges, both in his short program on Tuesday, and last night.

Men's Figure Skating Free Program at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

The only explanation most commentators and writers can come up with is that despite Weir’s technical scores (6.19 points higher than that of bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi), judges just didn’t like Weir or what he was doing on the ice. Those bitches! Weir was a graceful, fierce bitch to the end, however, standing up and motioning to his fans that they shouldn’t boo the scores, and telling the press afterwards: “As Lady Gaga would say, ‘I have all my role models out there.’ I may not be the most decorated person in the skating world, but judging by the audience reaction … they go on my journeys with me.” I f-cking love this kid.

Men's Figure Skating Free Program at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

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  1. JulieNewmar says:

    OMG… Bitch is quoting Lady CaCa now too. Next thing you know he’ll be doing a John Mayer with Piggy Hilton.

    The medals went to the right skaters IMO.

  2. bros says:

    “If it was a jumping competition, they’d give you 10 seconds to go do your best jump. But it’s about 4 minutes and 40 seconds of skating and performing from start to finish,” Lysacek said. “That was my challenge tonight, and I feel like I did quite well.”

    that sums it up [perfectly. his performance was seamless, beautifully executed and he made it look effortless. plushenko, the sore loser, had a choppy routine, looked a little stiff, and just didnt skate as well, not to mention he had two clear mistakes on two of his jumps that evan did not, which should neutralize the fact that Evan didnt do a quad. the commentators described him as a ‘cat’ because there was no way he was supposed to land that jump because he was SO tilted in the air.

    Weir had a nice skate, but his program wasnt as difficult as his competitors, and I think the scoring was completely fair. it was a pretty Meh routine despite the music and his costumes. he looked like an amateur compared to Evan.

  3. Essie says:

    Evan’s performance last night was beautiful!! He was graceful without being flamboyant. He deserved to win. I’m still floating, I’m no happy!!

  4. Lisa says:

    Is that a snake around his neck? Oh wow, I wish I had watched it now. Gotta love the costumes they wear – they get crazier every year. Glad to see mullet-man Plushenko taken down finally, though. It was about time.

  5. Beth says:

    I hate the scoring system. Before I could tell what was good and what was bad. Now I can’t because of the way difficulty is calculated. It’s baffling when mistake filled routines move ahead of clean programs. Evan played his program smart and evenly. Programs that do all of the hard stuff in the first two minutes are boring. I don’t why Plushenko is so focused on one jump. The commentators said that one of Evan’s combinations at the end of the routine is worth more than a quad. If Plushenko spread out his jumps more he may have won.

  6. Kaiser says:

    bros – HATER. Weir was beautiful.

  7. Amy says:

    Weir got totally ripped off…. I can’t believe he was placed 6th…. Deserved 3rd….0

  8. Maleficent says:

    Weir was not robbed. The right skaters won the medals. In the right order.

    Get over it.

  9. me says:

    as much as plushenko’s skating is NOT my cup of tea, im sincerely OFFENDED that *HE* got robbed…im sorry but he’s right…besides Lysacek being one of the most boring (and closeted…and bad fake-tanned) cases i’ve ever seen, he is not technically equipped to be an olympic winner…i can only hope Plushenko will make another come back next time tho i dont think his age will grant him to do great things again.
    As for Johnny he was definetely robbed…everyone was robbed by the sheer fact that Lysacek won. Ive been upset all day about that and still havent managed to get over it!

  10. nj says:

    I watched in delight as Johnny rocked his long program, then sat stunned at his scores. It was a disgrace. The judging panel should have to answer for this. And NBC is so stupid. They jump all over the Lindsay Jacobellis redemption story angle that never panned out, and totally drop the ball on the Johnny Weir story. The commentators completely ignored him, focusing on Jeremy Abbott (who choked) and Evan. Johnny brought the house down both times he skated, and had a Canadian audience booing the judges both times, even when higher scores would have pushed him ahead of their own skater. Is that not a story? Weir also displayed tremendous sportsmanship in quieting the outraged audience who was booing his low score so Plushenko could skate.
    Weir, whether you like him or not, is hugely popular in many countries (not just the U.S.)and a great story and viewers wanted to see this. NBC did a really shitty job.
    Let it be remembered that the sixth best skater skated clean, got two standing ovations, won the crowd like no other and looked FABULOUS. Congratulations, Johnny! Doesn’t matter who got the medals. You owned the night!

  11. Kat says:

    I loved Johnny Weir’s performance Evan Lysacek looked great out on the ice, Plushenko was great as well although I am not as big a fan of his but unless I am some sort of ice skating expert (am not) then I have to trust the judges and their composite scores. Seriously, whining about who “got robbed” makes you look like a sore loser, to say Johnny was under rated or under scored is second guessing people (the judges) who had the advantage of seeing it live and in person instead of on TV. Johnny Weir is still young and there is still a big future for him out there. I thought he was gracious and kind after the competition and serves as a good example of how to take a bow and try again another day.

  12. bros says:

    me: what does Evan being closeted or fake tanned have to do with anything? should he have not won because you question his sexuality and cosmetic practices? and not technically equipped? says who? he won the world championships. so all of the sudden a world champion is not equipped to win the olympic gold medal? all of the judges were completely confused and blind and he is really a cripple quasimodo on ice? I suppose you know better than all the professional judges.

  13. Hel says:

    Plushenko should have been scored higher than Lysacek on technical difficulty and therefore he was robbed!

    What nationality has to do with ability, I don’t know. Get over it people, the cold war has ended.

  14. JLM says:

    @me I agree Plushenko is right. The Olympic champion should be jumping quads. Lysacek can’t. That being said, I do agree that his performance was cleaner than Plushenko’s. But he, IMO, needs to do the quads to really be the best.

  15. Alex says:

    It was amazing to watch this last night!!

    I definitely agree that Johnny was majorly underscored, but he was never going to medal anyway. Not with Plushenko, Lysacek and Takahashi all skating. He’s a wonderful, expressive, artistic skater but technically he’s just not in their league and ever since the scoring system change, it’s the technical stuff that matters. I honestly don’t think Johnny ever had a shot at a medal after the rules changed – his shot was before, at Torino, when the rules were still new and the judges were far more lenient with them, but that didn’t pan out. It’s so sad, he’s such a beautiful performer.

    Evan basically did everything right last night. He knows exactly how to work this new system so that he milks those points for all they’re worth. And I enjoyed his program; some people find him boring but I honestly don’t.

    As for Plushenko – he’s a jerk and he always has been. Too bad he couldn’t back up his arrogance this time. He’s like a relic – while I myself don’t like the direction the skating competitions have moved in, they HAVE moved, and he just wasn’t willing to move with them. He should have stayed retired.

    And I’m really sad for Jeremy – I love his skating like I love Johnny’s, it’s usually a joy to watch, but he just completely fell apart. Poor kid.

  16. Maleficent says:

    ITA with Bros. None of that has anything to do with Evan’s ability as a skater.

    Also, just because he doesn’t do quads, means nothing. A clean, technical performance is what gets you points, also the judges are looking for the basics and it is widely known that Pleshenko avoids the basics and flails his arms around in an effort to deflect attention from his less than perfect foot work.

  17. Meimei says:

    I go by the stuff “our” commentator said, which is basically that Weir did really well, but he played it safe by keeping the programme so simple.

    He won the style points, though: I prefer the oddly rib-like glittery things over grease and carrots.

  18. AbbeyRoad says:

    It’s crazy to me that you can still get a medal if you fall. Didn’t Takahashi fall right at the beginning? He skated well after, but he fell, and so did at least one other skater who placed ahead of Johnny Weir.

    I know people fall because they’re doing difficult things, but jeez, it’s the Olympics. And no, I can’t skate at all, and if I did, I’d be nowhere near the skill level of whichever skater came in last.

    I understand that the way they score doesn’t mean you’re disqualefied for falling, that you can get less points deducted for doing so than for skipping certain elements altogether–I just think it’s weird.

    Nonetheless, I love Johnny, didn’t necessarily think he would win a medal, but think he should be be proud of his awesome performances — it sounds like he is, and even if he does think he was underscored, he’s being graceful about it.

    Unlike somebody who was making a total bitchface during the medal ceremony…I wouldn’t have cared if Plushenko won, because of course he’s skilled, too, and he was cracking me up with how intense he looked before skating, but that expression during the ceremony–scary.

  19. omondieu says:

    Johnny was beautiful out there, but like others have said, his routine didn’t have the technical complexity of the others.

    I didn’t get to see Plushenko on Tuesday night, but after looking at his rigid performance last night, I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. I wasn’t wowed at all.

    I really really wish that Takahashi had not fallen, because he was a joy to watch, and I think he could have been a serious threat to Lysacek. I thought that Oda’s Chaplin routine was wonderful, too.

    My heart was in my throat during Chan’s routine, and it totally sank when he fell on his adorable–of legal age now so it’s okay that I love him–butt. Next time, Chan!

  20. wee freckles says:

    As a Canadian, I rooted for Patrick Chan – who is only 19 and will triumph yet – but I am happy that the right skater won gold. Pleshenko looked stiff and he made mistakes. His only nod toward “artistry” was the stupid bump and grind and grimace act. Tacky. His performance was completely underwhelming. While a compelling personality, Weir played it safe, and his rather boring routine didn’t deserve to medal. The judges got it right. Congratulations to Lysacek on a strong performance.

  21. me says:

    Bros: I put in parenthesis stuff that has nothing to do with skating exactly cos it has nothing to do with the competition and it was just personal opinion…as a gay person im highly bothered by people who are obviously gay yet go around sporting fake gfs and such exactly like he did with Tanith…but hey if he’s happy that way fine…as for the bad fake tan, as absurd as it is, in figure skating as far as i know judges are supposed to judge also according to the costumes and general appearance and unless the point of his program was portraying a chicken on a barbecue, then im sorry but i dont think that kind of make up was appropriate.

    As for the cold war statement…yeah im totally anti-usa and yet i highly admire Johnny Weir and have no problem in saying it…so yes you can get over it too if you try…

  22. nj says:

    I am not an expert at figure skating either, but I do know that when a skater performs beautifully, doesn’t fall, gets a tremdous standing ovation and then gets a score that the people watching disagree with to the point of loudly booing, something is not right. This happened twice to Johnny.

    I was really impressed with the sportsmanship of the Canadian audience. They clearly thought Weir deserved better. Also, when Oda snapped a lace and had to stop, they clapped and cheered to keep his spirits up, and applauded him well. I really appreciate a crowd that shows love for all athletes, not just their own. This is what the Olympics should always be. Nice job, Vancouver. We should all be so gracious.


    Who ever thinks that Takahashi deserved Bronze is either blind or stupid beyond belief. Takahashi fell flat on his ass, while Weir delivered a nearly flawless preformance…what is even more telling is when the scores are announced not only is the crowd shocked and appauled, but even the commentators including gold medal winnner Scott Hamilton began to say how he was underscored before he caught himself….NBC can kiss my ass, and I hope that every single one of those judges never steps foot in the Olympics or any competition for that matter…

  24. Trillion says:

    Loved Johnny’s outfit last night. What a beautiful performance. So happy for Evan. Plushenko is great at quads but he lacks in other areas and it’s not just about jumping. His comment made him look bad. I wish he’d been more thoughtful before making himself look like a sore “loser”. Johnny was all class by not being demonstrative about his obvious lowered scores. LOVE him!

  25. formerskater says:

    First, I think that Plushenko was a sore loser last night and did not exhibit the class that any Olympic athlete should have. The level of contempt that he had not just for the judges but for Evan and the rest of the competitors in the field was disguisting.

    Second, to individuals that state he should have won he only had the quad. He downgraded his first combination jump and if he would have completed it he probably would have a different color medal around his neck. In the end he just didn’t work the system as well as Evan did. Evan worked the entry into jumps with a higher degree of difficulty, he had better jump positions, his spins were much faster, and his footwork had a higher degree of difficulty. If Plushenko would have improved his spins and had better positions in his jumps he would have probably won. Skating is a combination of all the required elements put together with difficult transitions, flair, and strenght.

    In addition, Plushenko did not use the new scoring system to his advantage in jumps either. Any jump that is performed in the second half of the program automaticall gets a 10% increase in points. Plushenko did 5 jump passes in the first half of his program and 3 in the second. Lysacek did the exact opposite automatically adding 10% on those 5 jumps passes.

    While I think Plushenko has an amazing quad and great jumps in general he didn’t use the system to his advantage. He knew the new scoring system (having won under it in Turin) and simply felt that he could dazzle the judges with a quad.

  26. bros says:

    no nj, thats a cult of personality, which is what johnny weir is. his skating and routine was just not up to par, objectively. its great that everyone loves him and thinks he is very creative and expressive, but this isnt a personality contest. and me: it definitely sounds like you are the one who cant get over it (as you admitted in your first post).

    jumping quads are worth only .2 or .4 points more than a triple, so its a very high risk, not so high reward situation, and Evan has in fact landed them in competition-he did the right thing by not taking a risk he would fall and landing every jump perfectly, which is something plushenko couldnt do. I’m not blinded by patriotism and am a healthy skiptic of the US, so I would have no trouble saying the russian should have won if he really should have won. and he shouldnt have.

  27. Scarlet Vixen says:

    @formerskater: Thankyou, I couldn’t have said it better myself. 🙂 Saying the quad is the only important thing is like saying slam-dunks are the only thing important in basketball games. There are tons-hundreds of other factors that win or lose skating. And to a couple of you: Lysacek CAN do a quad, and has done many of them successfully in competition. But, at the last minute chose not to because of an injury–read the article.

    And what makes him ‘gay’ exactly? There are plenty of gay skaters out there, and I’m all kinds of cool with that. But, not all of them are. Cuz the guy wore feathers on a costume when he skated to The FireBIRD Suite he’s automatically gay? Or, cuz he’s not a baritone? I’m sorry, but I don’t assume everyone in the world is straight, so it really bugs me when gay people think that everyone is gay, with absolutely no proof or reason.

    I’ve thought that Plushenko was overrated for years, so I’m so glad the he got taken down a couple notches. And I love Daisuke Takahashi! If only Johnny Weir or Stephane Lambiel could’ve been on the podium instead of Plushenko my night would’ve been complete. 🙂

  28. simplicity says:

    Beautiful performance by Evan, wonderful to see the standing ovation he received.

  29. Meghan says:

    I was screaming at the TV for Johnny Weir and he isn’t even my favorite skater!

    Even if his program was “simple” as the commentators were calling it, he skated the best performance of his life, he landed everything and only had a couple of very small bobbles. Whereas Takahashi completely busted his butt on the ice, his whole body was on the ice! I only got to see Takahashi, Weir, and Plushenko, and I’m not saying Weir deserved gold or anything, but he definitely deserved a lot higher score than the one he got.

  30. MsTriste says:

    Re Takahashi: Don’t forget they had TWO programs upon which the scores were based. Takahashi’s short program was gorgeous – I thought it was the best program of all, while Plushenko’s was horrid, even if it did put him in first.

    Even the venerable Dick Button, speaking on NBC, criticized the Russian, saying things like “his arms were just flailing around”, that despite his quad his performance wasn’t nearly as good as some of the others, and that the judges were overly generous that first night.

    I too am a Weir fan after watching him not only skate, but talk with his coach in Russian (who knew?) and his overall attitude. Again, his final scores were impacted by that disastrous scoring of the first night. It sucks. But at least the world got to see some gorgeous skating and he probably got a lot more fans (like Kaiser) so it’s all good 🙂

  31. lucy2 says:

    I know little about skating and nothing about scoring, but to me it seemed like things were basically the right order.
    I enjoyed Weir’s performance a lot, he’s fun to watch, but I don’t remember being stunned by any particular element. Evan’s spinning at the end floored me, it was so perfect. He did a great program and deserved his win.
    Plushenko seems like a sore (and bitchy) loser. As I said I know little about skating, but even I could see he had more mistakes. For all his whining about the quad being a must, some of his triples were really out of whack and he was lucky he didn’t fall.
    One great element should not equal more than a great program.

  32. Nono says:

    I am so happy for Evan, he deserved the gold. Plushenko’s free skate was simply not up to Evan’s level last night. His quad made no difference when faced with Lysacek’s intricate footwork, clean execution and artistry; especially after Plushenko downgraded a combo (thanks for whoever wrote that, I’d forgotten!). While Plushenko was skating, you kept hearing Scott and the other commentators talking about the GOE, and when you compared it for both of them, Lysacek clearly ran with it. Plushenko’s jumps were simply not up to his usual standard. And like Scarlet Vixen said, Lysacek has done a quad before; he didn’t attempt it here because of the renewed pain in the foot he injured. And Plushenko can gripe all he wants about the scoring change; instead of sucking.it.the.eff.up and re-tailoring his program to match as the other skaters did, he chose to stick to his usual with all of his trademark arrogance. But had he done so, he just might have taken the gold last night. So screw his attitude and he gets not an iota of sympathy from me.

    Johnny Weir had an absolutely awesome skate last night. While I really think he could’ve/should’ve been scored higher, his score would never have reached the top three. Although it was beautifully executed his routine was simplistic compared to the medal winners. And yeah, Takahashi fell, but the rest of his skate was great and he had lovely footwork. He also had the fantastic score from his short program (already so much higher than Weir’s) to keep him up top.

  33. Madelyn Rose says:

    Interesting article and commentary on this thread! I just want to say I have enjoyed reading everyone’s take on this!

    I love Johnny, and I thought he should have been scored higher. But his grace and sportsmanship and the way he handled himself in these Olympics almost made up for it. He gained major points in my eyes, whereas before, I liked him mostly just because he was interesting and flamboyant. Now, to me, he is a true athlete.

    Pleshenko…ugh…it was the opposite with him. I went in thinking he was a great athlete, and his attitude and comments left me thinking he was a classless and arrogant man that could not accept coming in second place.

    Evan was great, he deserved a medal, and not being an ice skating judge, I can’t really comment on the point system…but he was fabulous! Also, I don’t get the preoccupation with the quad — someone made an awesome point in analogizing it to a slam dunk in basetball…so true! It’s just about more than a quad. And Evan CAN DO them too, as the article says, he just decided not to due to his ankle.

  34. AbbeyRoad says:

    I really thought it was great the way everybody cheered on Oda, too — ITA with those who’ve said the Canadians seemed very gracious. I heard a lot about Chan and was rooting for him to do well, but he’s pretty young so hopefully he’ll be back for the next one.

    I kind of think Johnny Weir might be too fabulous for the Olympics. And I mean that in a good way. Obviously it’s a huge honor and I would have loved to have seen him take a medal, but it sounds like he knows who he is and what he wants to do and he takes a huge amount of joy from skating, and from his fans. I still think his program was cleaner and more enjoyable to watch than some of the skaters who came in ahead of him, but I agree that he didn’t have as many difficult jumps, etc. I think he did what he knew he could do, and I’m glad he rocked it instead of falling on his ass. I might be off base but I bet his fans are more upset about this than he is.

    It wouldn’t be the Olympics if there wasn’t some kind of overblown drama about the skating. Either it’s Tonya Harding or that thing with the pairs-skating conspiracy in 2002–it always gets ridiculous, but I think that’s part of why I watch.

  35. RobN says:

    Johnny (and why am I surprised that he spells his name so normally, instead of Gianni or something like that), is a fantastic jumper. Unfortunately he did a jump at one end, than skated down and did a jump at the other. There was nothing transitional and little connection to the music. The audience doesn’t always see that; that’s why we don’t base the winner on who gets the most applause.

  36. nj says:


    “Cult of personality” did not keep Johnny Weir’s ass off of the ice. His personality did not give him a clean skate. Figure skating is not an objective sport, if it were, Johnny would have definitely scored higher than the bronze medalist with his spectacular,full-body wipeout.
    Being subjective, you can have your opinion of Weir’s routines and believe that the crowd only applauded him for his personality. All I know is that in every sports column today, the word is that Weir was lowballed.

  37. Cheyenne says:

    Weir should have finished higher than sixth but he still wouldn’t have won a medal if he had been judged fairly. The right skaters won in the right order.

  38. bros says:

    bottom line nj: its a combo of 2 scores. whatever he did the final night wasnt enough in points to overcome the difference between skaters who had a much better short program than he did. usually, when one says someone is ‘robbed’ it is the difference between a few hundredths of a point or a point or between silver and bronze. robbing does not occur in a situation of 3 ENTIRE places. as everyone on here has stated, and those with former skating experience, weir was not robbed 3 places.

  39. lucy2 says:

    “he takes a huge amount of joy from skating”
    Totally agree with this regarding Johnny, and I think Evan and a number of the other guys too. And that’s how it should be – they’re doing what they love.
    I do not get that joy vibe from Plushenko. No doubt the guy is hugely talented, but he also seems to feel entitled, the whole how could I not win/gold or nothing attitude. Anyone else would be thrilled to win a silver after being out of competition for a while, especially if they’ve already won a gold previously. I’d much rather watch and root for someone who’s talented AND has a good attitude about it all.

  40. surely would says:

    Johnny wasn’t robbed – other skaters were overscored (Patrick Chan) but it doesn’t change that a clean program does not equal a program that maximizes points with complexity.

  41. nj says:

    @bros, he was given low scores on his short program and made it nearly impossible to overcome. He was not rewarded for any of his artistry and the beauty that the crowd responded to so strongly. Now I am not saying the crowd’s reaction should determine the winners, but I do not understand how every person watching could be awed but not the judges. And I am one of those people who do not favor a scoring system where a disasterous quad attempt is not penalized. Tashahaki is a beautiful skater but he took the gamble and lost.
    Bottom line for me was this- when you looked at the scores, there was no way in hell Weir was fairly scored so far behind some of these other skaters. They did not reward him appropriately for the subjective parts of his performances.

  42. EMV says:

    Evan and Johnny were AMAZING! Finally an American won gold in men’s skating. Evan was better than Plushenko. Plushenko was lucky he got through his routine without falling. The end of his program was not an intricate in footwork as Evan’s was. Not to mention Evan did his jumps without almost falling. Hell the commentators were calling Plushenko a cat for crying out loud b/c they did not know how he was staying up. Evan deserved the gold.Plushenko is a douche, if you have heard some of his interviews you would know that. He deserved silver. Johnny deserved to be in fourth, but his performance was not as difficult although it was almost flawless. He will mature as a skater and his routine will becomore more difficult. He is an amazing athelete nonetheless. GO USA!

  43. wow says:

    Bring back the 6.0 scoring system, even though I know those judges screwed that system up. I don’t like this “new” system. But anyways, Plushenko has a point about the quad, but he was such a sour puss during and after the medal ceremony, he lost me.

    Nice to see Evan win the gold.

  44. Miriald says:

    All of you saying that Johnny just didn’t have the technical program to beat Takahashi obviously haven’t read about their scores. Johnny beat him by several points on the technical score. It was on the subjective score that the judges lowballed him and yes, I do think that they just don’t like him (and I think he feels the same about them!) He showed an enormous amount of grace and good will last night and his fans love him even more than before.

  45. sickntard bitch says:

    SCOTT HAMILTON AND TRACY WILSON, PLEASE SHUT THE F*CK UP. It was so ANNOYING to have to put up with Scott’s continuous outbursts of throaty groans at every f*cking triple this and triple that–as if we the f*cking STUPID audience can’t appreciate the technical iffynesses without his course and LOUD “underscorings”; Not to mention Tracy’s relentless commentary with historical insights and “soft” criticism recalling past performances, and above all, noting WEAKNESSES, during a FLAWLESS performance by Evan L. So just in case they didn’t hear me the first time: SHUT THE F*CK UP SCOTT and TRACY!!!

    That said, I have to agree Johnny Weir is too “weird” for the plebeian tastes of the judges. He should have taken SILVER, Takahashi BRONZE; and just to satisfy the majority of us, “Machiavelli” sent home with his tail between his legs where it belongs. Weir is an artist, along the lines of great ballet dancers. Ballet dancers are not chastised for wearing “effeminate” flamboyant costumes. It is part of the artistic expression. His performance was flawless and breathtaking. STUPID judges. They should be audited, and thoroughly examined by a proctologist. I have no respect for them.

  46. Alex says:

    I was on pins and needles watching the competition.

    I thought Evan was really great. So, was Plushenko, although a bit stiff. Plushenko is really old at 32 compared to Evan’s youthful 24. Even so, Plushenko has won three medals in three Olympics (the most of any male skater, I think). So, he really is a skating legend, overall. Maybe, the judges felt he’s had his turn and it’s time for the new kid? I think he might have easily won since it was that close. It came down to the one quad versus the overall package and artistry. The judges sometimes choose the former, but this time, they picked the latter.

  47. phileasfog says:

    I have been watching ice-skating for years and once again I feel hugely disappointed by the results! Lysacek must be one of the most boring winners of all time: technically, it was fine, I don’t really care about the quad, but his programme was so bland that I can’t even remember what it was about! The Japanese guy was artistically more interesting and Johnny Weir was also great. I don’t think Lysacek’s gold medal is a good sign for ice-skating in general…

  48. Dutchess says:

    I was very disappointed with this year’s Olympic men’s skating. I remember the days when it seemed like men’s figure skating was 50% technique/50% artistry. Now, Figure skating is tragically doomed to become gymnastics on ice. Personally, I’m done with it. Homophobia finally killed men’s figure skating. Love you Johnny!! You deserved at least the Bronze medal. Plushenko, get a new haircut and go quad yourself.

  49. Molly says:

    Quoting Alex:”Plushenko’s like a relic – while I myself don’t like the direction the skating competitions have moved in, they HAVE moved, and he just wasn’t willing to move with them. He should have stayed retired.”

    It is amusing to note that the “relic” can skate himself to an Olympic silver, almost a gold, with such ease and so little preparation. Plushy had his Olympic silver and gold already, his participation in Vancouver was as much about highlighting the lack of strong jumpers in the current lineup as it was about winning. It was a huge gamble, a challenge he threw in the face of Lysacek and his kind. I think that is why he was so indignant at the end, never mind a downgraded combo which cost him the gold. His challenge to the sport was answered with a pie in the face, and the figure skating judges yet again reaffirmed the common criticism of “entertainment” thrown at the sport. Olympics should not become “Stars on Ice” – that is what you do after you retire from REAL sport.

    PS: I am a firm believer that 27 year old Plushenko keeps the mullet to piss the Western viewers off. I think he and Shawn White have the same approach – “I know I look goofy, but try and catch me if you can, pretty boy”.

  50. omondieu says:

    @ phileasfog: TOTALLY agree with you. I found Lysacek’s program bland, as well.

  51. ThunderC*nt says:

    Kaiser says “a child of the cold war”. Me, too. Back then the Eastern block governments sponsored their athletes while the Americans were just rich kids who didn’t have big business sponsors. Along with the Russians getting busted on the canadian couple that eventually won gold. The tables have turned and I love it! Pleschenko is very hard on the eyes but Alexie Yagudin was not. He was a showman and I didn’t mind him winning.

  52. Cheyenne says:

    Actually, the last male figure skater I really loved to watch was Robin Cousins. That guy had it all — technical brilliance and artistry.

    Anybody remember Paul Wylie? Brilliant but very erratic. When he was good he was untouchable; when he was bad he was god-awful. Unfortunately for him he was about 50-50 of each.

  53. snowball says:

    Humor me while I dig in my dusty brain – wasn’t it one of the Russian gymnasts at the last Summer Olympics that was all whiny about how the Americans were favored and she was robbed? And then immediately after the medal ceremony, she ripped her medal off and threw it?

    Plushenko doesn’t have the artistry and smooth transitions that Evan has. He looked like he was masturbating out there with all the hip thrusts and rubbing his hands all over himself in his “artistic” moves. Reminds me of Elvis Stojko – all jumps, no grace.

    Plushenko could have showed some personal grace when Evan won, rather than rolling his eyes, fidgeting, making faces and looking bored up on the podium. But he proved again what a sore loser he is and the comments both he and his coaches made were just trashy.

  54. ccoop says:

    Bitchy Plushenko apparently jumped up on the GOLD MEDAL PLATFORM when his name was called at the medal ceremony. What a jerk.

    I don’t know whether Johnny deserved a medal, but I thought he skated better than Lambeil and Chan.

    YAY for carroty Evan and his sparkly snakes!

  55. CC says:

    Plushenko is a little brat.

    Johnny totally deserved a bronze at least. Perhaps he could have taken more risks, but his grace and spirit cannot be denied. When he finished his program the expression on his face broke my heart, he was so passionate.

  56. melymel says:

    Personally I think plushenko should have won. Lysacek’s performance was fine but boring in my opinion. I preferred watching Plushenko, Weir and Lambiel who brought their personalties into their performances. Plushenko brought his arrogance, Weir brought his flair for dramatics and Lambiel was almost artistic to watch. I also think Takahashi should not have been on the podium after that fall.

  57. Amy says:

    I am not a fan of Evan, I am a fan of Johnny Wier. Sad he did’nt win the gold.

  58. Ella says:

    THANK YOU!!! I was sooo bummed when Johnny was 5th last night. I thought he was solid for bronze. It was such bs to me ): I got all excited for him to maybe actually medal and the judges totally screwed him.

    Plushenko walked into that olympic arena thinking he was just going to be handed the medal. Sorry but maybe it’ll give him a dose of reality that he isn’t all that, and he cant expect to just come back and be handed the gold.

    He is such a sore loser.
    I’ve lost all respect for him.
    I can’t believe I used to like him.

  59. Ana says:

    I didn’t watch the programs but I caught the interview with Lysacek where the interview had a list of Plushenko’s horrible comments.

    I am very proud of the way Lysacek handled that interview. As for Plushenko, his attitude and comments are out of line and shameful. He is not representing his country well at all.

  60. Persistent Cat says:

    I thought Lyascek’s performance was so boring, I was falling asleep.

  61. Violet says:

    While I knew that Lysacek would win, and though I saw when Weir skated like an angel from heaven, I still agree with Pluschenko when he says men’s figure skating w/o quads is no different from women’s. How boring the competition would be if noone dares to jump quads! Thank you, Evgeny, for coming back, and I will miss you in 2014.

  62. kaz says:

    I also feel that Evan Lysacek, while Olympic champion (therefore technically the current pinnacle of male skating???!!!), will not be a name to go down in history. Watching him skate was like watching someone who is really good … at doing their taxes.

    It was a routine that knew where to limit risks, get points and maximise returns.

    But is this the future of skating? I wouldn’t pay to watch my accountant skate.

    A little twizzle before a jump to add complexity here, weight a few jumps in the back half of the program to gain extra points there. Lysacek was very tight and his program was cleverly assembled, but he was DEAD boring. There was nothing there to make tears come to your eyes or a lump in your throat or to celebrate the beauty and spirit of the human body. You may as well be watching the old Figures. Techincally demanding, but hardly a spectator sport.

    I was more excited by the more lyrical and beautiful skaters — Takahiko Kozuka (shame about the spill), Stephane Lambiel (male skating beauty personified, although his jumps aren’t the best) and of course Johnny Weir (really, in a class of his own). They had PASSION and different kinds of MALE BEAUTY. The odd two footed landing, jerky blade, lack of technical complexity and minus GOEs don’t worry me as a spectator. I just want to see something brilliant… to FEEL something. It’s like the new points system has ripped the heart out of skating. It’s such a shame. I saw another commentator say that they are now more emotionally moved by Freestyle Aerials and the Snowboard Halfpipe than men’s figure skating. That’s pretty sad.

    I didn’t FEEL anything watching Lysacek, although I was happy for him that he made all his jumps. He was just kinda, bleh.

    Evan Lysacek — for my money, ‘The Skating Accountant’.

    And while I think Plushenko is indeed a more impressive and naturally talented skater than Lysecek will ever be, his whoring at the judges and the camera at the end of his routine did him a great disservice. It’s like he just gave up and decided to blow kisses instead. What was that about?

    Johhny Weir really gave Plushenko a class in Class. What a great guy! He can be very proud.

  63. jju says:

    Weir actually has higher technical scores in most of his jumps than Evan. It’s his footwork/step sequence that earned lower scores. Plushenko lost to Evan in those items too, the time fillers in the old system.

    To sum up, Johnny Weir’s actually a jump machine.

  64. Em says:

    Maybe you have to do quads to be the best… but how Plushenko even managed to stay standing after his jumps is some sort of magic. He was so stiff and his landings were not graceful.

    I think he is a bit of a sore loser anyway. I get he is upset because he feels he deserved the medal but the judges made their decision and he should respect that instead of making roundabout insults.

  65. TXTX says:

    Johnny skated so beautifully and it was so heartfelt. I felt like it was just coming out of him and that it wasn’t some rehearsed routine. Amazing.

  66. Me says:

    KAZ – I think I’m in love with you. You took the words right out of my mouth and made them better ;-).

  67. lolo says:

    Plushenko will get his revenge next tournament. He will practise how to be more elegant and then he WILL be more elegant and then he WILL be number one again!

  68. Kali says:

    Plushenko is obviously technically stronger and more passionate. Lysacek’s performance was flawless but meh. I would have liked to see Plushenko get gold.

    Johnny Weir’s performance was boring though technically excellent. Homophobia had nothing to do with it. He didn’t have interesting footwork.

    Florent Amodio will be an interesting skater to watch in the next 4-8 years. He has overcome so much adversity in his young life.

    I was disappointed that Patrick Chan fell but he’s only 19. I’m looking forward to seeing better things from Patrick in the future. Go Canada!!!

  69. Lind says:

    Plushenko deserved to win the gold and he was robbed by the judges and his poor scoring system. Plushenko is better skater Lysasec and is much more complete. Plushenko can make performance such as the gala exhibition and win the public without needing to make a quad. Plushenko is not only the best skater because he dominates the quads and the quads with combination of hops, but is also the best because it has very strong skater and he conveys a lot on their performance. He is also elegant and artistic, his series of steps is very good and all his jumps are excellent. Vancouver is true that he left a lot of pressure in his long program and did not do as well as ever. But skaters like him or Yagudin skating level rose by quads and others before them, so not right that a skater who does not have as high as Lysasec, who can not make a quad, even in training , is the winner of the gold medal. While Plushenko did not have a program as good as her short program, still deserved gold medal. Lysasec not transmit anything when he is skating, he lacks strength and energy and their program was very easy and safe. When a skater makes quads need more concentration and more risk, as well as more technical level. Lysasec can compete with women because some of them make their own jumps. Men have to do quads so not to the level of skating backwards. Men’s skating has long since evolved into the quads. Therefore, the reigning world champion, Daisuke Takahashi, makes them. Patrick Chan has also learned to make and also makes Joubert, Lambiel, and other skaters, both are better than Lysasec. If Lysasec, indeed, he wants to be the best, he has to learn to make quad bikes and quads in combination, as others do, or never again to give his a gold medal again, because there is always going to compete in America, for judges favoring him. As for Johnny Weir … is the best skater Lysasec because it is much more artistic, but that day he did so well in the long program and himself deserved sixth place. Maybe he deserved fifth place, instead of Patrick Chan, because Patrick did not do anything right in this competition, but others did better than Weir, so that on this occasion did not deserve to be on the podium. The results would have been just the same as in the short program: Plushenko, Lysasec and Takahashi, but if Takahashi had not fallen into the quad, he could have had the silver. Right now, the world champion, Daisuke Takahashi has improved and is good quads. He is also the best skater Lysasec, today.Unfortunately there is much corruption in many sports and the best does not always win. Plushenko remains the best in the world and one of the best skaters in history. He does not need another medal to prove this.