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It figures for Kim, Lysacek to take golden parachute

Skating Ten things I know, and you should:

1. I hope I'm wrong, but my gut feeling is 2010 Olympic figure skating singles champions Kim Yuna of South Korea and Evan Lysacek of the United States are done with competitive skating.

2.  Both Kim, 20, and Lysacek, 25, always will be remembered for having given a career-defining performance to win the gold medal.  Not a bad way to go out, if that's what either decides.

3. Helene Elliott's column about Michelle Kwan in Wednesday's Times reinforced my conviction that while Kwan never won an Olympic gold medal, she rapidly is becoming one of the greatest Olympians ever -- a person of so many more dimensions than she showed us in her extraordinary skating career.

4. The U.S. Olympic Committee should step in if USA Track & Field's board decides to dump CEO Doug Logan after this weekend's meeting in Las Vegas. Logan deserves to get through at least the 2012 Olympics.  Blaming him for a poor showing in Beijing two years ago is ridiculous.  The guy was on the job about 12 minutes before the 2008 Summer Games.

5. Ice Wars: Kim Yuna (Pyeongchang) vs. Katarina Witt (Munich). The two Olympic champions are big names on their country's bid team rosters in the effort to bring home the 2018 Winter Games.  The winner of the International Olympic Committee's vote next year?  Kim and South Korea.

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Skater Johnny Weir says he plans to reinvent himself

Johnny Weir Johnny Weir's off-ice charisma has overshadowed his competitive skating for several seasons. Now, the three-time U.S. champion has decided to step back and assess himself, for what may be a comeback in a different guise.

U.S. Figure Skating announced Thursday morning that Weir will take next season off from competition in an attempt, as Weir put it, "to reinvent myself as an athlete and artist.  I say this with the hope of returning as a competitor for the 2011-12 season.''

Read more: "Skater Weir taking competitive break to reinvent himself"

-- Philip Hersh in Chicago

Photos:  Johnny Weir gets into the Kentucky Derby spirit with an outlandish hat. Credit: David Perry / McClatchey-Tribune

Skater Mirai Nagasu says she will move with her coach

Got a couple of responses Thursday from a very busy Mirai Nagasu, answering a question I had texted her recently about the effect of her coach Frank Carroll's planned move this summer from the Toyota Sports Center near Los Angeles International Airport to a new rink 130 miles east in Cathedral City.

(For my blog post on the situation, published Tuesday, click here.)

Mirai Nagasu, who lives 45 miles from El Segundo and about 100 miles from Cathedral City, will be along for the ride.

"Yes, I'm going with him," she said in the first message, then added, "If you could raise money so I can move there that'd be great ... lol.''

Nagasu, 16, was texting from Fort Myers, Fla., where she will be performing in the Smucker's Stars on Ice show that opens a 41-city tour Thursday night. Stars on Ice plays the Staples Center on May 20 and the Honda Center in Anaheim on May 21.

"I'm skating a show today in brand new skates ... literally!!!'' Nagasu texted.

She had returned home Monday from the World Championships in Turin, Italy, then flew east Wednesday with her "chaperon,'' Olympic champion Evan Lysacek. 

Lysacek is juggling 26 appearances with Stars on Ice with his work on "Dancing With The Stars," which requires he be in Los Angeles from Sunday through Tuesday for as many as nine more weeks (if he makes the "DWTS" final).  He and partner Anna Trebunskaya survived the first cut Tuesday.

-- Philip Hersh

Photo: Mirai Nagasu in the free skate last Saturday at the World Figure Skating Championships. Credit: Clive Rose / Getty Images

Skate coach Carroll expects his move won't affect Nagasu

Bumped into Frank Carroll at Monday night's "Dancing With the Stars" show, where he was a front-row guest of his Olympic champion skater and "DWTS" contestant Evan Lysacek.

Even though Carroll was dazed by his 24-hour Sunday trip back from the world championships in Turin, Italy, we talked briefly about news of another trip he is taking, moving his primary coaching base from the Toyota Sports Center near LAX  to a new rink 130 miles east in Cathedral City, near his home in Palm Springs.

EvAnna2 Carroll, 71, confirmed a report about the move that surfaced over the weekend on the figure skating fan site Michelle Kwan Forum.  In our brief conversation, he said the move shouldn't present any problems for his other Olympic skater, 16-year-old Mirai Nagasu.  They began working together before the 2010 season.

"From where she lives, it takes about the same time to get to Cathedral City as it does to [Toyota]," Carroll said.

Carroll will remain at Toyota through July, then coach at Lake Arrowhead until the expected October opening of the rink in Cathedral City.

As for Lysacek, who lives about two hours closer to Toyota than to Cathedral City, he has yet to decide about remaining in competitive skating at the Olympic level.

During a Tuesday conversation in the "Dancing With the Stars" lunch trailer, where he picked at fruit and salad, Lysacek said there would be ways for him to continue working with Carroll should he remain in Olympic-style skating. 

"If I go to my house in Las Vegas on the weekends, I could hit that rink on the way back [to Los Angeles, where he also will keep a residence] and train there for a couple days,'" Lysacek said.  "Frank has a huge house, so hopefully he wouldn't mind if I stayed in one of his many bedrooms.

"We haven't really talked about it.  He didn't want to distract me before the Olympics.  I just sort of heard it [the move] was happening very quickly, but I was busy with all of this, and he was getting ready for worlds.  I'm sure I will also continue to train here at Toyota Sports Center because I live here.

"My general feeling is if I am going to go for another Olympics, I can't miss a whole season.  So I would have to decide soon and be ready to compete in the fall."

Before he went into the "DWTS" ballroom, where he sat between Lysacek's mother, Tanya, and 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, Carroll shook his head over the mistake -- and the mind-set -- that had cost Nagasu a world bronze medal last week, when she won the short program but finished 11th in the free skate and seventh overall in Turin.

"She kept telling me, 'I'm scared, I'm scared, I'm scared' before going out on the ice for the free skate,'' Carroll said, "and that's obviously something we will have to work on."

Despite several major mistakes -- including a fall on a double axel -- Nagasu finished just 3.14 points behind bronze medalist Laura Lepisto.  Had Nagasu merely stayed upright on the double axel and received a neutral grade of execution, it would have been worth 3.47 more points than she received for the botched, downgraded execution of a relatively simple jump for a skater of her level.

"All season long, we have been telling her, 'Skate, skate' when she comes out of the spread eagle and goes into the double axel, but she still had the tendency to slow down, and this time it really was costly," Carroll said.

The coach still was extremely pleased with Nagasu's season, given her having finished second at the U.S. championships and fourth at the Olympics, the two events before worlds.

"Her last six programs, five of them were great," he said.  "And seventh at your first [senior] worlds isn't that bad.  Dorothy Hamill [the 1976 Olympic champion] was seventh in her first worlds.''

-- Philip Hersh

Evan Lysacek and partner Anna Trebunskaya perform the jive Monday on Week 2  of the current edition of "Dancing With the Stars."  For the second week in a row, judges gave them the second-highest scores.   Adam Larkey /ABC

Here's the scoop on skate worlds broadcasts

A reader e-mailed earlier this week asking me to publish the TV schedule for the World Figure Skating Championships next week in Turin, Italy.

Here it is, with all times EDT.  Subtract one hour for Chicago and three for Los Angeles.

All coverage is on Universal Sports. Full live coverage is Web-only (universalsports.com), but there will be two hours of live coverage of each event (except compulsory dance) on Universal Sports TV.

Information about recap, photos and video will be posted after each day's action at this site.

As is typical at the worlds following an Olympics, some medalists will not compete, including men's champion Evan Lysacek of the United States and pairs champions Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo.  Others missing: women's bronze medalist Joannie Rochette of Canada and dance bronze medalists Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin (thereby sparing everyone a reprise of their ridiculous attempt at presenting Australian aboriginal music in the original dance).

For current information about entries, click here:

DAY 1 - March 23, 2010


When to watch




Compulsory dance

UniversalSports.com: 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET

Pairs short program

Universal Sports TV: 4 p.m.-6 p.m. ET

UniversalSports.com: 1 p.m.-5:50 p.m. ET

DAY 2 - March 24, 2010


When to watch




Men's short program

Universal Sports TV: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET

UniversalSports.com: 4:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET

Pairs free skate

Universal Sports TV: 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ET

UniversalSports.com: 1:30 p.m.-5:40 p.m. ET

DAY 3 - March 25, 2010


When to watch




Original dance

Universal Sports TV: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET

UniversalSports.com: 7:45 a.m.-12 p.m. ET

Men's free skate

Universal Sports TV: 4 p.m.-6 p.m. ET

UniversalSports.com: 1 p.m.-6:15 p.m. ET

DAY 4 - March 26, 2010


When to watch




Ladies short program

Universal Sports TV: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET

UniversalSports.com: 4 a.m.-12:40 p.m. ET

Free dance

Universal Sports TV: 4 p.m.-6 p.m. ET

UniversalSports.com: 1:15 p.m.-5:55 p.m. ET

DAY 5 - March 27, 2010


When to watch




Ladies free skate

Universal Sports TV: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET

UniversalSports.com: 7:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. ET

-- Philip Hersh

Evan Lysacek, Mirai Nagasu to be honored in public ceremony

Mirai Olympic figure skaters Evan Lysacek and Mirai Nagasu and their coaches will be honored during a ceremony Tuesday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.

The reception is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., featuring presentations by city officials and a question-and-answer session with the skaters and their coaches.

The event is open to the public. Seats will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:30 p.m. [Updated at 12:26 p.m.: The event is free to the public.]

Lysacek won the men's figure-skating gold medal at the Vancouver Games, and Nagasu finished fourth in women's figure skating. Both skaters trained for the Olympics at the Toyota Sports Center.

For more information, see the Toyota Sports Center website.

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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

Evan Lysacek, Mirai Nagasu to be honored in El Segundo

Olympic men's figure skating champion Evan Lysacek and fourth-place women's finisher Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia will be honored at a reception Tuesday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, where both trained leading up to the Vancouver Games.

The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and end at 7:30. It's open to the public, with seating starting at 5:30 p.m. and being handled on a first-come, first-served basis. The address is 555 North Nash in El Segundo.

Olympic coaches Frank Carroll and Christa Fassi also will be honored during the reception, which will include presentations from city officials and a question-and-answer session for audience members to ask the skaters and coaches about their Olympic experiences.

-- Helene Elliott

Evan Lysacek shares his top 10 with David Letterman

American figure skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek took a timeout from his "Dancing With the Stars" preparations to share his Olympic experience with David Letterman on Tuesday.

Officially, it's the "Top 10 Thoughts That Went Through Evan Lysacek's Mind During His Gold Medal Ice Skating Routine."

Check it out:

-- Austin Knoblauch

Evan Lysacek to do 'Letterman' Top 10 list Tuesday

Men's figure skating Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek will present the Top 10 list on the "Late Show With David Letterman" at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday on CBS.  Most of the Olympics stars are heading off to appearances on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" on the Olympic network, NBC.

-- Diane Pucin



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