May 2009

Fundamental difference

Evan Lysacek went back to the basics and, in doing so, came up with the defining performance of his career.

Limited in his preparation for the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships by a stress fracture in his left foot, Lysacek scaled back his training - as well as the difficulty of his programs - to focus on fundamentals. The approach paid off as he delivered two virtuoso performances to win his first World championship and the first World title by a U.S. man since Todd Eldredge accomplished the feat 13 years ago.

"It's a continuation of my training I've been doing at home," Lysacek said. "To perform the way I've imagined it hundreds of times, visualizing it in my head, I couldn't have asked for anything more."

Read all about the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships in the May issue of SKATING.

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