November 2005

Life in the fast lane

Evan Lysacek's never really stopped winning or improving.

He finished third at the 2005 World Championships after claming third at the State Farm U.S. Championships. In between those competitions, an ill Lysacek went to Four Continents for the international experience - and won. He also won the 2005 Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge.

Again, though, it's the consistent improvement - while staying at a high level - that impresses the skating world. In 2004, he was fifth at the U.S. Championships and second at the World Junior Championships. In 2003, he was seventh at the U.S. Championships and second at World Juniors.

While his rise has been meteoric by any standard - especially on the international scene - Lysacek points out that it has been sequential, a series of steps in other words.

"I recognized consistency has been a key to my career so far," he said. "So many of my competitors are making drastic changes; changing coaches or changing training location. That doesn't work for me. I'd rather keep it consistent, keep the routine as normal as possible. Get a comfort zone and stay in it."

Read all about Evan Lysacek's steady improvement as a skater in the November issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

M'm! M;m! Good
by Laura Fawcett

As one of the first events of the season, the Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic has the distinction of debuting the new free skates of many skating stars. This year was no different, and although most skaters struggled with their jumps and didn't quite yet look comfortable with their choreography, the potential for excellence was everywhere.

Potential, however, didn't apply to Sasha Cohen. While nearly every other skater showed rustiness, Cohen was in midseason form in her decisive victory.

A 'Hughes' success
by Jake Duhaime

It was a unique role reversal for 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes.

Monday through Friday, Hughes is a student at Yale University. She's the one sitting attentively, taking notes and trying to absorb the wisdom of her teachers. But at the first two Marshalls SkateFests held last month in Houston and Chicago, hundreds of young eyes were fixated on Professor Hughes. She demonstrated spins, took questions and delivered some one-on-one instruction to her mesmerized students.