Free skate tiebreaker lifts Lysacek o...

Free skate tiebreaker lifts Lysacek over Weir

There are 9 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 27, 2008, titled Free skate tiebreaker lifts Lysacek over Weir. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Evan Lysacek was stiff. Johnny Weir was conservative, at least on the elements he attempted in his program.

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Palatka, FL

#1 Jan 27, 2008
If you didn't see "fight" in Johnny's skating than I suggest you see an opthamologist. Maybe if Lysacek didn't flap around like an idiot and could land a triple axle with-out looking drunk he would have won-oh wait he did win? What a joke.
Susan in Chicago

Oak Park, IL

#2 Jan 28, 2008
Too bad Weir didn't earn that additional 0.01 point he would have needed to become champion again. Figure Skating needs colorful champions like Weir since about the only time people seem to take an interest in the sport is when a scandal hits it.

I have to admit that I didn't care for this reporter's Weir-bashing, though. Why can't he (the reporter) dignify himself by providing an unbiased, factual account of the events, rather than making insinuating remarks about the 3-time men's champion such as "Maybe that was too much to expect of a man skating in an outfit he called a 'sparkly onesie'..."

The reporter also mis-characterized the double jumps Weir didn't do. The jumps in question are the second half of a triple-jump combo, and are not quite as "uncomplicated as breathing." The reporter seems to have a good grasp of figure skating in general, so when he disingenuously displays ignorance here, he's not being truthful with his readers.

I'm proud of local-area champion Lysacek, but that doesn't mean we need to bash Weir.


#3 Jan 28, 2008
The competition was fierce with both men fighting for points. I am proud of both but am especially proud of Johnny. He has a new determination this year and I feel Galina has made a good impact on him. He is not so free spirited with his remarks which I will miss. Congratulations to Johnny and Evan. They will represent the USA well at worlds.
Carl Riden

Farmville, VA

#4 Jan 28, 2008
To suggest that a man does not have what it takes to push himself toward victory due to his constumes perceived femininity is completely sexist. Many European skaters wear similarly flamboyant outfits- are you suggesting that Brian Joubert or Evgeny Plushenko are not man enough to win? That we should expect (or have expected) less of them? Are you suggesting that female skaters do not have what it takes either? Criticizing Mr. Weir for his conservative (but much cleaner) performance is one thing. To pass judgment on his manhood is completely out of line.
Mary Bicknese

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jan 28, 2008
I am always interested in what you have to say about skating, Phil. But I think this article reflected your personal preference for "manly man" skaters, and I was disappointed to see you stoop to that. I'll take a Johnny Weir program any day over one of Evan's "grande mal seizure" performances.

Elmhurst, IL

#6 Jan 28, 2008
How does all this prevent Global Warming?
Sandra B


#7 Jan 28, 2008
How in the hell did Evan L win the free skate? His landings were that of a novice, shaky and with the triple axel and other jumps he did an extra turn after the jumps which should have been reflected in his scores. Johnny landed his jumps very well. Judging still sucks. I believe that Evan won unfairly and the judges should be ashamed of themselves.


#8 Jan 28, 2008
Philip Hersh, do you really think "the competition between them was as good as it gets"? NBC ordered a drama to US FS for Sunday’s evening and they didn’t fail to deliver it. Do you really think people believe it was an accidental coincidence or scores? I’m not discussing now whether the Weir’s scores actually needed to be rosen or dropped to tie with Lysacek’s and who of them worth gold. This is another question. If TV producers think they can raise their rating creating a farce, it a big mistake of thiers! The result will be exactely the opposite. Audience is not just a silly crowd who will eat everything they offer. We want to watch figure skating, not the circus on ice.
You probably think it was “the best competition ever”? No, it was the worst and the most shameless one.
Linda S


#9 Jan 28, 2008
The mens competition was terribly judged. Evan had ugly, wobbly landings on most of his jumps, also did a full turn after landing his axel [not supposed to land like that]. The judges must not have been watching Evan at all with his many mistakes. Johnny on the other hand skated his heart out and landed his jumps much cleaner. Do the judges give higher marks to men for acting more manly? I hope the judging at Worlds will be better.

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