Evan finally ended Russia’s incredible winning streak!
Dressed in a slick black outfit, complete with decorative snakes (yes, snakes) figure skater Evan Lysacek, 24, dominated last night’s men’s figure skating competition with an overall score of 257.67 points. The last time Team USA took home the gold in this event was in 1988 when Brian Boitano skated his way to Olympic victory. Evan’s score helped him to narrowly defeat former Olympic champ, Russia’s Yevgeny Plushenko, 27, who took home silver with 256.36 points.
The bronze medal went to Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi, 23, who ended the competition with 247.23 points. He would have fared better if he hadn’t fallen down while attempting his first quadruple jump.
When Evan’s big win was announced, coach Frank Carroll congratulated him with a big hug, and these words, according to the New York Times: “My God, you’re the gold medalist! You are the Olympic champion!”
We can’t even imagine how proud Evan must feel right now. Soak it all in, Evan! You deserve all the praise that’s coming to you.