Evan Lysacek Skates and Spins to GloryMarch 27th, 2009 - 10:25 pm ICT by GD
Evan Lysacek got an ovation that started 10 seconds earlier before the music came to an end at the Staples Center on Thursday night. The last 10 seconds of music will definitely be the sweetest music ever heard by the ice-skater for a long time to come.
The audiences were at their feet applauding at the Staples Center as Lysacek finished with a combo of spin. After finishing with his final element his hands went up to his head gesturing his delightful disbelief.
Lysacek, a native of Naperville, III, and who for the last six years lived in Los Angeles for his training, later reflected, “I was trying not to get too excited with each element, but I kept wanting to throw my hands in the air,”
Skating to the rhythm of Greshwin’s, “Rhapsody in Blue” his spinning looked effortless and elegant and his landing on the eight triple jumps was as clean as the ice on which he was skating. For all the spins he was rewarded with the highest grades, he also received positive grades for the execution of 12 and 13 elements and for the other element he got a neutral grade. Winning the free skate he finished with 242.23 points.
After Todd Eldrege who achieved the feat in the year 1996, Lysacek is the first American ice-skater to will the world title.
At the end of the day, Lysacek said “It has been a slow build for me this season, but when I got here I felt a new aura of confidence and was like a calm, new person.”
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