Lysacek wins figure skating gold in major upset

First American to win since Brian Boitano in 1988

By Associated Press
February 19, 2010 6:21PM (UTC)
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Gold medallist Evan Lysacek of the USA, center, silver medallist Evgeni Plushenko of Russia, left, and bronze medallist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, right, pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP)

Evan Lysacek says his gold-medal performance in men's figure skating has not sunk in yet and that he would love "to be there" for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Talking to NBC's "Today" show Friday morning, the American says he is ecstatic about the whole evening.


Lysacek became the first U.S. man to win the Olympic gold medal since Brian Boitano in 1988, upsetting defending champion Evgeni Plushenko.

Lysacek says he felt his program was strong enough that he didn't need a quadruple jump to beat Plushenko, who led after the short program and does the difficult leap.

He did say, though, that he had questioned the decision.

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