Olympics Figure Skating: Men's Figure Skating Final 2010
The Olympic men's figure skating got off to a strong start last night with the men's short program event taking place in Vancouver. Tomorrow night, February 18, the men's free skate event will take place. At the top of the pack from the men's short program is Russia's Evgeni Plushenko with 90.85 points. Behind Evgeni is USA competitor Evan Lysacek ranked 2nd with 90.30 points. Currently in 3rd place is Daisuke Takahashi from Japan with 90.25 points, close behind Lysacek.
The men's figure skating 2010 final will be a showdown of sorts between Plushenko, Lysacek, and Takahashi. Each skater has proved they are a strong contender for the gold medal in the men's free skate final. Plushenko has his sights set on the gold medal, and hopes to be the first to win consecutive Olympic gold medals since Dick Button back in 1952. Plushenko is also trying to keep Russia's 16 year winning streak alive in the Olympics figure skating events.
So after posting a monster score as the 10th skater in Tuesday night's short program at the Vancouver Games, the Russian was asked why things come so easy for him. His eyes opened wide and his grin disappeared.
"Easy? That's competition and it is never going to be easy," the reigning Olympic champion said. "If somebody says today, `I am not nervous' or `I skate easy,' or `I am not tired,' I don't believe him."
A little while later, Plushenko was proven correct when American Evan Lysacek, the current world champ, and Japan's Daisuke Takahashi were almost as magnificent.
Another competitor from Japan, Obunari Oda, has placed will in 4th from the men's free skate with 84.85 points. Other Team USA men's free skate competitors included Johnny Weir who placed 6th with 82.10 points. Belgium's Kevin van der Perren may be a competitor to watch out for in the men's free skate round. While he placed 12th in the short program with 72.90 points, he is definitley a strong skater. Team Canada's Patrick Chan came in 7th place in the men's short program with 81.12 points while his teammate Vaughn Chipeur ranked 24th with 57.22 points
So what could give any of these Olympics figure skating competitors an edge tomorrow night? Plushenko swears by the quadruple toeloop. Lysacek notes that each movement in a program is important, while Takahashi's transitions and attention to music seem to make him a top contender.
The Men's Free Skating Olympics figure skating event takes place tomorrow evening at 5:00 pm.