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I have to say I was completely thrilled with the men’s long program last night. As someone who had 6 years of their life completely taken over by this sport, I have to say I retain a deep affection for it, but I was getting worried watching it degenerate into a game of more and more extreme jumps. I mean, if the quad is what determines who is going to win, why even bother with a program? Just line up ten guys and see who can land the most quads in a row. But last night the winner (aside from being from the US, which is awesome) didn’t win because of a quad – he didn’t even have one in his program. He landed every jump perfectly cleanly, but more than that, he had incredible artistry, power, and performance. That is what I love about the sport, so I am really excited to see that it still matters at the highest levels.
Congratulations, Evan Lysacek! Go team USA!