Evan Lysacek and the 2010 Winter Olympics

Kendall LogginsContributor IJanuary 19, 2010

SPOKANE, WA - JANUARY 17:  Evan Lysacek competes in the free skate during the US Figure Skating Championships at Spokane Arena on January 17, 2010 in Spokane, Washington.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Evan Lysacek is a member on the U.S. Men’s 2010 Winter Olympics figure skating team.

He has an impressive background in figure skating: He is the reigning World Champion with a high score of 242.23 points; he was the Four Continents champion in 2005 and 2007, the U.S. National Champion in 2007 and 2008, and the Grand Prix Final Champion in 2009/2010. Lysacek was a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team, earning fourth place in the men’s event.

I started becoming interested in Lysacek when I was in high school because he is from Naperville, IL, which is also my hometown. I am thrilled that someone from my own hometown has accomplished so much already with his figure skating career and will continue to do so in the future. He has done a wonderful job representing Naperville and many people from Naperville love watching him perform.

He recently secured his place on the men’s 2010 Olympic team at the U.S. Men’s Figure Skating Championships that took place last weekend. It was said that the skaters who placed in the top three would be guaranteed a spot on the 2010 U.S. Men’s Olympic figure skating team. Lysacek managed to place second at this event, clinching his spot on the team.

Lysacek is a strong skater and many people have high hopes for him for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver. After seeing his free skate routine from the World Championship, I am looking forward to watching him perform in the Olympics. He is a phenomenal skater. He moves across the ice flawlessly and draws the audience towards him because he is so entertaining to watch.

Even though I do not know much about figure skating, Lysacek makes me want to learn more because he is so good at it. He is able to attract both avid figure skater fans and people like me who do not have any experience with figure skating.

Lysacek is so popular he is even being marketed in the Polo Ralph Lauren advertising campaign launched for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Most of his costumes are made by his good friend Vera Wang, and he looks professional and classy with the outfits he wears.

Lysacek shows immense dedication to his skating. During the world championships, he was dealing with a stress fracture in his left foot but still managed to whip out an extravagant routine that won him the trophy as well as respect. He inspires other people to stay strong and compete to the best of their abilities.

Lysacek is a good role model for other skaters who want to be like him. it is clear that his hard work and dedication has begun to pay off. I am excited to see what he can do at the Olympics next month and look forward to watching him skate in the future.

The other two figure skaters who earned their spots on the 2010 Olympic team are Jeremy Abbot and Johnny Weir. Abbot placed first in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and Weir came right after Lysacek in third.

Abbot also has an impressive figure skating background. He won the U.S. Junior Championship in 2005, came in first at the 2008 Cup of China, won the Gran Prix Final Championship in 2008 and the gold at the 2009 Skate Canada and managed to come in first at the recent 2009 U.S. Championships.

Weir is also an impressive figure skater because he has had many accomplishments of his own. He won the bronze medal at the 2001 World Junior Championships, the U.S. Championships three times (2004, 2005 and 2006) and placed third at the 2008 World Championships.

This will be a strong United States Olympic figure skating team because each of these young men has an immense amount of talent and plenty of experience. This upcoming Winter Olympics will be number 21 for the figure skating competition. It will take place between Feb. 14 and Feb. 27.

It is a great honor for Lysacek, Abbot and Weir to be granted a spot on the U.S. Olympic team because not many athletes are allowed to compete. Only 174 figure skaters have the opportunity to compete at the Winter Olympics.

Lysacek, Abbot and Weir will be included in this group of 174 of the world’s most talented figure skaters.