Evan Lysacek

Winter Olympics, Part V


Russians have had some fine ideas, you know. Share-the-wealth was one (albeit flawed in execution); those little dolls that fit inside each other are another.

This time, however, they're dead wrong. After Evan Lysacek won the gold medal in figure-skating, the Russian he beat (Evgeni Plushenko) was critical. He did a quadruple jump, he said, and Lysacek didn't, so he should have won. His fellow Russians agreed, along with odd bloggers: If this is an athletic event, they said, it should be judged on jumps, not artistry.

Winter Olympics, Part IV


A few quick comments about tonight's Olympics. Please comment; also, please read the Simon Cowell blog that preceded this:

1) One piece of Olympic history today: Ryan Miller became the first goalie in the games ever credited with an assist; that was his pass to Jack Johnson.

2) Here was something more remarkable about that. It was a pass from a Michigan State guy to a University of Michigan guy. Anything is possible during the Olympics.