Evan Lysacek (Naperville, Ill.) won the gold medal in men’s figure skating at the Pacific Coliseum Thursday evening. His total score of 257.67 was 1.31 points ahead of Evgeni Plushenko of Russia, who had held a 0.55 point lead after the short program. Daisuke Takahashi of Japan won the bronze medal with a score of 247.23.

Lysacek is the first American to win the men’s gold since Brian Boitano won at the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

 

"I couldn't have asked for much more than that. To get a personal best in the most important moment of my life – you dream about it."

 

"Worlds rejuvenated my love for skating, but it also confirmed to me that the most important thing about figure skating is the daily training that goes on at home. This year I've worked harder than I ever have before to prepare for this competition. The whole season has been building toward this and waiting for that clean skate the whole season, and to get it in most important moment is pretty special."

 

"It was a tough day. I wasn't sure how I would feel when I got here. My coach (Frank Carroll) was by my side the whole day telling me what to think. I was nervous, but about two hours before the competition, I thought, 'What am I nervous for? I just have to do what I've done every day.’"


"My thought process was just basically mind your own business and I wrote it on a little card when I got here and taped it up in my room"


"I wasn’t even tired at the end, the crowd and everything kept me going."


"I tried to stay calm in the beginning but I think my face gave it away." 


"It was definitely was my best and it was what I came here to do."