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Evan Lysacek will perform in 'Stars on Ice' tour

Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek will perform in this year's Smucker's Stars On Ice tour.

Lysacek, who became the first male figure skater to win gold at the Olympics since Brian Boitano in 1988, will perform alongside fellow Vancouver Olympians Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. Sasha Cohen, Todd Eldredge, Michael Weiss and Alissa Czisny are also scheduled to perform.

The tour will make stops in Los Angeles on May 20 and in Anaheim on May 21. For more information, check out the tour website.

-- Austin Knoblauch


Flatt, Nagasu finish 1-2 in nationals; Cohen a distant fourth

Flatt2_300 There could hardly have been a more dramatic series of story lines for the women’s free skate final Saturday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Would Sasha Cohen’s comeback end as brilliantly as she started it while finishing second in the short program Thursday?

Could the ingenue champion of 2008 and short program winner, Mirai Nagasu, complete her return from a wilderness of self doubt.

Would reliable Rachael Flatt live up to that reputation?

Could Ashley Wagner rally from fourth and fulfill the tweet in which she somehow found watching the movie, "Titanic," had inspired her not to go down without a fight?

The answers including a resounding yes for Nagasu and Flatt, who should have earned the two women’s spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

Wagner put up a good fight, and Cohen simply was underwhelming.

Flatt won the title with 200.11 points. Nagasu was second at 188.78, Wagner third at 184.70 and Cohen fourth at 174.28.

"It is stressful, but I think I handled it very well," Flatt. "It was so much fun. I’m still shaking."

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Human Zambonis, home cooking, Zhang's agony, Nagasu's appeal, Kwan's impressive new life: A figure skating Q&A [Updated]

Czisnyfall2Questions first, answers second, now that the six regular-season Grand Prix figure skating events are over:

1.  Who would win an Ultimate Splat-Down between the two falling angels, reigning U.S. champion Alissa Czisny and 2007-08 European champion Carolina Kostner?

The Zamboni operator, for Czisny and Kostner would clean so much of the ice with their bottoms the resurfacing job would be much easier.

Czisny, no surprise, rendered meaningless her excellent short program at Skate Canada by falling twice  and getting credit for just three triple jumps (one given a negative grade of execution) in the free skate. She fell once and had credit for just three triples in her other GP free skate, at Cup of Russia.

Kostner fell once in the short program and once in the long program at Paris, once in the long program in China.  That picked up, as it where, from her dismal effort in the free skate at 2009 worlds, when Kostner fell once and did one clean triple jump.

The sad irony in this is both women are among the most elegant skaters in the world when they stay upright.

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By the numbers, Alissa Czisny's short program adds up to excellence

Skate In the for-what-it's-worth department, a few points of reference about the personal-best score reigning U.S. champion Alissa Czisny racked up in today's short program at Skate Canada in Kitchener:

1. Skate Canada is the last of the six regular-season Grand Prix events, and Czisny's short-program total, 63.52, has been topped by just two other women on the circuit this season: Yuna Kim of South Korea (76.08 in Paris, 76.28 in Lake Placid) and Joannie Rochette of Canada (70.0 today to beat Czisny.)

2. It bettered Czisny's previous personal best, which came in 2005, by a whopping 5.98 points.

3. And although Czisny's artistry is considered her strength, her technical score, 36.60, has been topped this season by just Kim (43.80 and 44), Rochette (38.40) and Mirai Nagasu of the U.S. (37.40 in China).

What does that mean?

Despite the effort to create a system that seeks to standardize scores, each judging panel looks at things differently, so comparisons are tricky.

But the good thing is the Skate Canada judging did not appear overly generous (except for Rochette, the homie), so Czisny's scores seem a fair measure of her performance.

The bad thing is Czisny previously has been unable to do back-to-back strong performances (for evidence, check the 2009 U.S. Championships), so there will be a lot of breath held during Saturday's four-minute free skate -- especially because Czisny always seems to lose it at just about the point (2 3/4 minutes) a short program would have ended.

-- Philip Hersh

Photo: Alissa Czisny reacts to her high scores in the short program at Skate Canada. Credit: Paul Chiasson / Associated Press)


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