Friday, February 19, 2010
The Bronze That Wasn't
Sadly, that above pic of Johnny Weir with a bronze medal was from the U.S. Nationals and not from last night's conclusion to the men's long program. Studly heterosexual Evan Lysacek took the gold, America's first in men's figure skating since the legitimately awesome Brian Boitano did it in the '88 games ... which were also held in Western Canada. Coincidence? Or Illuminati??
Our man Weirsie finished an unacceptable sixth after skating a gorgeous -- and, even more notably, clean -- long program that even had Scott "Hater" Hamilton gushing praise. Why the low scores? Unfortunately, figure skating's scoring system comes complete with a 1040EZ form you have to fill out in triplicate before they tell you what's what. Would that these were the old days of perfect-6 scores and crooked Soviet judges. (Though, duh, a Soviet judge would have probably nudged Johnny's scores way higher.)
Anyway, I'm so thrilled so many of you liked the liveblog Anna Beth and I did for the short program. My superterrific sister was in town last night, so I wasn't able to fire up the blog again for the long program. AB and I did have a short conversation afterwards, but that was mostly just us saying "AMAZEBALLS" about Johnny's performance and talking like Galina ("I bring you pomegranate juicer!" "I keep missile codes hidden in haircut!").
Anyway, feel free to comment on the skaters in this post. And come on back in 2014, when I will be completely in the tank for that Brazilian-French kid who skated the marionette routine. Love!
P.S. Elvis Stojko is a jackass. Almost makes me like Evan.