Can Evan Lysacek Make Male Figure Skating Cool?
He's the less-flamboyant, highly-technical side of skating's big feud
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2010 2:29 PM CST
Evan Lysacek acknowledges the crowd.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(Newser) – There’s a battle going on for the future of male figure skating, and the powers-that-be really hope Evan Lysacek wins it. In one corner there’s Johnny Weir, the flamboyant performer who once posed for BlackBook in a sarong and high heels. In the other, there’s Lysacek, a skater so technical he’s almost robotic. He’s “a little less Nutcracker, a lot more Tony Hawk,” writes Emma Rosenblum in New York.

Weir once quipped that if Lysacek “doesn’t want to skate to music that’s pretty and wear a pretty costume, then go Rollerblade or skateboard.” But figure skating’s power brokers think they can bring in better endorsement deals if Lysacek can make the sport seem more masculine. But they also like the drama of the Weir-Lysacek feud. “They’ve sort of pitted me and Evan against each other like Britney and Christina,” says Weir. “I’m Christina, of course.”

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Mar 22, 2010 9:23 AM CDT
I do not get what the deal is – Erin Andrews is going to become on Dancing with the Stars, and Michael Barrett is going to jail. You'll notice how the New York Daily News doesn't protest Kate Gosselin being on the show – and let us clear the air here. Watching Kate Gosselin complain about how hard it is raising the kids she CHOSE to have (it's called responsibility, having to do with choice – if you get online loans or payday advances, you have to pay them back) is the same voyeuristic impulse, the main difference between them is Gosselin has herself and her kids videotaped willingly, and Andrews was preyed upon. For heaven's sake, let Andrews do something fun.
Jan 28, 2010 12:24 PM CST
He livened up the music, too. I think that in itself makes the sport cool. That swan lake kinda stuff gets old. I also think it's time to remove the corpses from the judges table and put some live people there.
Jan 28, 2010 4:26 AM CST
figure skating look cool ? short answer no...long answer hell no !