Evan Lysacek, age 24, from Naperville, Illinois, won America's free skate gold medal last night. This is the first Olympic gold won by the U.S. since Brian Boitano. Lysacek outskated, outperformed, and out energized Russia's "quad-master" Evgeny Plushenko. Lysacek's figure skating routine centered around transitions, fancy footwork, and 8 "stylized" triples though he left out the single quad jump. Lysacek performed in a black outfit to the tune of ""Scheherazade."
Lysacek said of his win "That's my best free program this season, and to do your best when it counts most, I've been waiting for a clean free skate all season. I tried not to get too excited after each jump, but I wanted to pump my fist every time." At the end of his routine, with 5 skaters left in the competition, Lysasek "celebrated with gusto" despite pre-competition jitters. Thursday night's warm up practice for Lysacek proved to be "shaky," per reports from spectators and even Lysacek himself. He said: "I haven't skated first for a while, and during the warmup. I kept crashing with a couple of guys. I apologize for that."