Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Johnny and Evan: Is the rivalry over?

American figure skating fans have always tried to play the two biggest names in US figure skating (at least, until this season) off against each other; but after the US Nationals Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek apparently decided to put it all behind them.

"Evan Lysacek and I sat down at Nationals and had a conversation," Johnny said. "We decided to bury the hatchet, become friends and support each other. We've formed an alliance."

Johnny says he'll be rooting for Evan at the World Championships, as well as for his friend Yu-Na Kim.

I think that's great to hear, but I'm not so sure that they were mortal enemies in the first place. It all seemed a bit staged and media-friendly to me; America is going to have to come up with a new pair of rivals before Vancouver!

Below are Johnny and Evan's long programs from this season. My personal favourite? Evan's; his jumps are looking great, and the music really works for him.

No Delobel/Schoenfelder at Worlds

On an interview on French TV, Isabelle said that it is 99% certain that they will not be in LA due to her injury. It's such a shame; their Great Gig in the Sky was absolutely breathtaking and it would have been likely that they could have defended their World title. Get well soon, Isabelle.

Program of the Day is their GGitS FS from the Grand Prix Final this season; a great performance, with the final moves slightly altered due to the fact that Isabelle was suffering from a stomach bug.