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'Japan's Beethoven': I Can Hear 'a Little'

Mamoru Samuragochi apologizes for 'life of lies'

(Newser) - Word recently got out that "Japan's Beethoven"—famed classical composer Mamoru Samuragochi—hadn't been writing his own music and might not actually be deaf . Now, Samuragochi is lending some credence to the claims of music professor Takashi Niigaki, the real composer behind his works. "The... More »

Evan Lysacek Takes Figure Skating Gold

American edges out Plushenko in stunning upset

(Newser) - Evan Lysacek has upset defending champion Evgeni Plushenko to become the first American to take the men's figure skating gold since Brain Boitano in 1988. The Russian had a slight advantage after the short program but dropped to silver thanks to some sloppy landings and a weak jump, the AP... More »

Wackiest Men's Figure Skating Outfits

Johnny Weir leads the pack

(Newser) - When it comes to men’s figure-skating, it’s a toss-up: What’s more entertaining, the routines or the outfits? Catherine Strawn votes for the outfits, and chooses the 11 craziest of the Olympics so far—including one that also made it onto a list of hipster-inspired outfits —on... More »

Plushenko Nails Short Program

Russian's skate victory sets up thriller final with Lysacek

(Newser) - Russia's Evgeni Plushenko has won the figure skating short program at the Vancouver Olympics, the first step toward defending his title. Plushenko posted a monster 90.85 points early in the program last night, daring the competition to beat it. World champion Evan Lysacek of the US and Japan's Daisuke... More »

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