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American Evan Lysacek Defeats Russian Evgeny Plushenko for Men's Figure Skating Gold Medal

Wow.  If you did not watch the men's Olympic skating final tonight, you missed an amazing competition.  So many of us thought that Russia's Evgeny Plushenko was unbeatable.  But American Evan Lysacek went out there and beat him tonight - by about one point.  And how did he beat him?  From what I can tell, it came down to some higher grade of execution points, a more difficult spin, and more difficult footwork.  Plushenko landed his much-hyped quad, but Lysacek was able to make up the points elsewhere.  Japan's Daisuke Takahashi fell on an opening quad attempt but was able to hold on with an otherwise perfect performance for the bronze medal.  Lysacek truly beat the best tonight.  He is the first American man to win the Olympic gold since Brian Boitano in Calgary in 1988. 

American Johnny Weir was also nearly flawless tonight.  He had a slight stumble but did not receive great scores from the judges, and the scores were met with booing.  Still, it was an amazing couple of performances for Weir, and a great way to end his Olympic career. 

Another bright spot this evening was American Jeremy Abbott.  Despite a fall on his initial quadruple toe loop attempt, and essentially giving up on the next jump, Abbott was able to pull himself up from 15th place after the short program to be in ninth place.

 

Men Final Results
1 Evan Lysacek
USA
257.67
2 Evgeny Plushenko
Russia
256.36
3 Daisuke Takahashi
Japan 247.23
4 Stephane Lambiel
Switzerland
246.72
5 Patrick Chan
Canada 241.42
6 Johnny Weir
USA 238.87
7 Nobunari Oda
Japan 238.54
8 Takahiko Kozuka
Japan 231.19
9 Jeremy Abbott
USA
218.96
10 Michal Brezina
Czech Republic
216.73
11 Denis Ten
Kazakhstan 211.25
12 Florent Amodio
France
210.30
13 Artem Borodulin
Russia 210.16
14 Javier Fernandez
Spain
206.68
15 Adrien Schultheiss
Sweden 200.44
16 Brian Joubert
France
200.22
17 Kevin van der Perren
Belgium 189.84
18 Samuel Contesti
Italy 187.50
19 Tomas Verner
Czech Republic
184.74
20 Paolo Bacchini
Italy
177.21
21 Viktor Pfeiffer
Austria 175.93
22 Stefan Lindemann
Germany 171.98
23 Vaughn Chipeur
Canada
170.92
24 Anton Kovalevski
Ukraine 165.90