Angela Still is an ex-Los Angeleno now living back in her birth state of Georgia. She’s working towards her MFA in Creative Writing and revising her first novel, a story about, love, revenge, and magic.
Evan Lysacek: Celebrity in … Esteem?
I write this on the same day Tiger Woods apparently gave a pretty lame and fake apology for cheating on his wife and making a mockery of the institution of marriage. I didn’t watch because I stopped giving a crap about that situation the second Elin stopped beating his no good lying ass with the golf club, but I heard about it. People talk.
I have, however, been watching the Olympics all week, as well as the winners’ interviews with Bob Costas. Today, I saw something remarkable—a celebrity athlete acting with dignity and grace. I give you Evan Lysacek.
I didn’t know Evan Lysacek existed before Tuesday night, when I first saw him skate his short program in the men’s figure skating competition. I do not follow men’s figure skating, but I do manage to get addicted to the Olympics every year, and I enjoy the figure skating, men’s and women’s. Tuesday night, Evan Lysacek was not the focus. Evgeni Plushenko was. There was a funny little segment where NBC followed him around Russia, even rode with him in his Mercedes. He seemed as if he were a likable enough guy. A little cocky, sure, a little swaggery, yes, but also playful and a little silly. Likable.
After watching his program, there was no denying he was extremely talented, as well. He had the goods to back up the pomp. He skated around with the confidence of a champion, which he is. He went first, and I have to say, most of the other skaters paled in comparison. The only two who even came close were Lysacek and Daisuke Takahashi, the amazing skater from Japan who placed third. The top three scores were less than a second apart. (more…)