Johnny Weir vs. Evan Lysacek


The United Statues Figure Skating Championships have just concluded on Sunday January 27, 2008, with a very unusual situation in the Men’s event in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At the top of the score board were Johnny Weir and Even Lysacek, who after the short were ranked 1st and 2nd. Because of flaws in the free skate, Johnny Weir had a lower free-skate score than that of Evan Lysacek, who was in second place going into the free-skate, and by 1.35 Evan had won the free-skate. But the interesting part of the event was the total scores for both men were equal. The deciding factor, and deemed by the ISU(International Skate Union) was that Evan had won the overall event due to a higher score in the free-skate.

I thought that the new system that has taken forever to get into play, as well as for people to learn and understand lets this happen?? Both of these skaters were thrown into a position that was clearly confusing and difficult to understand. But why lay the deciding factor on the Free-skate?? why not on the short, or the qualifying?? or have them skate again?? who made the rule that it was the free-skate that made the deciding factor??? I have to wonder about some of the people in the ISU as well as in the USFSA (US Figure Skating Association), cause they are not the brightest bulbs in the cab-net.

Johnny Weir

The only thing that is worse, is the way that Johnny Weir handled the situation, especially when he commented about Evan Lysacek. The New York Times coverage of this event was more than interesting to read, and provides one with a sense of who these men are down inside, to what type of person they are. Weir said when asked about Lysacek: “I respect Evan as an athlete, but as a person I don’t really like him,” Weir said in the interview. “There’s nothing special about him to me. We would never be friends, and I wouldn’t even know who he was if we weren’t competing against each other.” Who does that?? Johnny Weir is no pretty boy who is king of the world, especially when it comes to skating. He has a very odd, or unique style to be politically correct, that just is very very flamboyant. What’s next?? Going back to the time to Tayna Harding and Nancy Kerrigan?? seriously people.

Evan Lysacek

But when looking at Evan Lysacek, he is a true gentleman. When Evan Lysacek was asked about Weir, all he had to say was: “Oh that’s nice. Thank you for sharing that with me.” He refused to attack Weir, adding, “I’m not going to say anything bad about him, because I admire him.” His skating style is also one that you cannot help watch. This is Lysacek’s second US Men’s title, and he deserves every bit of it.