Evan Lysacek, born and raised in Chicago but currently living in the Los Angeles area, had an amazing short program last night to start off his 2009 World Championships with a bang. Evan practices not far from Staples Center at the Toyota Center in El Segundo (where the Kings and Lakers practice) and attends Lakers games at Staples Center. Evan has medaled twice in the World Figure Skating Championships (bronze in 2005 & 2006). He came in fourth in the 2006 Olympics and was US Figure Skating Champion in 2007 & 2008. Clearly, it would be special for Lysacek to win his first World Championship on his home turf at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Lysacek is perfectly positioned (in 2nd after the short program yesterday) to win the World Championships for his first time, which would be a wonderful accomplishment to for the year before the Olympics in Vancouver. Evan’s performance in the short program was outstanding. One of the best things about the short program (from a simple spectator who’s obsessed with the Olympics and many of the sports in them viewpoint) was that Lysacek was clearly having a great time. Once he got the jumps out of the way, he just let loose and enjoyed himself. This allowed the audience to enjoy it with him and clearly got the Staples Center crowd (surely rooting for their local contestant) involved.
Since Oxygen was airing the championships and I don’t get that in HD, I’m hoping NBC will be kind enough to re-air last night’s short program (and tonight’s free skate) in HD when they get to their coverage this weekend. I know women’s figure skating is more popular, but I’d love to see last night’s short program in HD.
Tonight’s men’s free skate starts at 5:35 p.m. Pacific and will air on Oxygen. The complete schedule can be found at Universal Sports and it’s all available to watch live and on demand after it airs. If you’re interested in more information about Evan Lysacek, check out the official Evan Lysacek website.