Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pic of the Week

Is he back?

Well, if his performances at the Four Continents Cup is any indication, it's a resounding yes.

In a recent L.A. Times Blog Post, Evan Lysacek chalked up his poor performance at U.S. Nationals to over preparation. Evan told Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times "For it to not go as well as I wanted to, I was really crushed. I felt more prepared for it than I had been for a lot of competitions where I'd done much better and wasn't as prepared. I think it had something to do with that carrot being dangled in front of me for two months and not really seeing anything else. It wasn't the right approach."

His approach was just right at the recent Four Continents Cup where he turned in two solid programs (including a gorgeous quad toe in the free skate) and claimed the silver medal.

But for Evan this season, it may be too little too late. Despite a free skate that wasn't without error, Canadian Patrick Chan breezed past Evan to take the Four Continents title. Many at the event where asking themselves, can Patrick be stopped?

The good news for Evan is that he appears to be peaking at the right time. The World Championships are just around the corner, right in his back yard (Evan trains in L.A. with Frank Carroll). Also on his side is the fact Patrick doesn't have a reliable triple axel...Evan does.

Also, don't forget all of us were saying the same exact thing about Daisuke Takahashi after last season's Four Continents Cup...he went on to finish just 4th in Goteborg.

In the end...Evan's timing might be just right.


Anonymous said...

I was just thinking that Evan could be this year's Jeff Buttle. Evan's record this year is very similar to Jeff's last year ( so-so GP, no GP Final, lost his national title, silver at 4CC). Then there's Patrick, who, like Daisuke last year, is being dubbed the odds on favorite. It'll be very interesting to see what happens at worlds!

Anonymous said...

He should minimally get a silver. This year's competition has seriously been diluted. Without Takahashi, Buttle, and Lambiel, the competition has never been this "easy". Essentially you have Patrick, Evan, Joubert, and Abbot as the clear favorites. But I guess you never know. Maybe Verner will decide to show up and make things more interesting.