February 24, 2010

ICYMI: US Gold Medalist talks to Larry about Russian skater's dig!

Posted: 12:47 PM ET
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lola   February 24th, 2010 1:58 pm ET

He is a true winner in every way! Such dignity and class!

jamisa   February 24th, 2010 2:51 pm ET

"It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game."

Evan, you're right that it is hard to lose. But if Plushenko were a good sport, he would have congratulated you. I applaud you for not retaliating with anger; you deserve the GOLD!

north vancouver canada   February 24th, 2010 5:36 pm ET

I was at the skate. Evan was better. Plushenko landed a beautiful quad triple, but after that his jumps were shakey and his jump position was very poor (always at an angle that he had to recover from). His foot work was slow and he was motionless too often. He flurted with the judges with such arrogance and pelvic thrusting (new to figure skating). Plushenko needs to review his skate. Evan's skate was in league of his own. He did not have the quad so he was not rewarded points for such, but the rest of the skate was fast and technically far superior to which he was awarded points.
I have been at eight events this Olympics and Team USA is a class act at the 2010 games. Second to none. I never thought that I would say that, but they are carrying themselves with an understated confidence and it passes on to their fans. At the men's free skate USA delegates sat behind me. Russian delegates infront of me. Evan skated, and it was wonderful and flawless. We all stood and cheered. The Russian delegates did not even budge. No clapping, nothing. Plushenko skated. We all cheered. The Russians were very happy. The USA fans/delegates stood and clapped for the performance of the Russian athelete. The scores were revealed and then the Russians yelled at the judges, threw their flags down and stormed out. Classless. Today I read in the paper that the Russians acuse us Canadians as having an inferiority complex and are cowards to our neighbour to the south. It was our cowardness that awarded Evan the gold, not his performance. Apparently, the White House dictated the gold to be awarded to Evan. We in our weakness had no choice but to follow the almighty White House.
Russia may very well beat Canada in hockey today, but in spirit and humanity they can't touch us. Canada is a nation to our own. We did not join in the war in Iraq as did the USA. We are a multicultural pool of faces. We have a different health care system and treat every human equally with equal access. We have differing political views. Yes, we share the world's largest and friendliest border. As a Canadian I am proud to live beside our neighbours in harmony.
There are two things that are certain. The USA has a classy untouchable 2010 Olympic team. Secondly, and most importantly, Evan Lysacek skated much better and is the true winner.
Plushenko should be very proud of his silver medal. It is a great accomplishment.

HENRY A. WEINER   February 24th, 2010 6:37 pm ET

LARRY: cut-backs at the schools are getting so bad that the 12" rulers sent out for them, are now only 7".

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 24th, 2010 8:12 pm ET

Unfortunately I missed this event, but am sorry to hear about the re-actions of the Russians.

rosegarden   February 25th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

Evan skated the best in the Olympia, he deserved the gold.

Plushenko is a arrogant & jealous guy, over the years, he've complained everyone even his Russian teammate except himself, if he was not in first place.

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