Evan Lysacek Works the Red Carpet at "Sky High" Premiere

by Lauren Weinstein, Special to U.S. Figure Skating online
Evan Lysacek at the premiere of Disney's "Sky High"

(7/27/05) - Evan Lysacek walked the red carpet for the world premiere of Walt Disney's new film "Sky High" on Sunday, July 24 in Los Angeles. With a tagline of “Brain, Brawn and Beyond,” the movie's theme seemed like a perfect celebration for any highly competitive figure skater. In fact, Lysacek himself likened the movie's plot to the sport of skating.

“The movie was really cool and it sends an incredible message to the audience,” Lysacek said. “It's about self-esteem, self-confidence, trust and mental thinking. It's about a superhero who has problems finding his superpowers. In a lot of ways, it's a lot like skating. It's difficult and sometimes scary to go out and compete in front of huge stadiums, but you have to reach within yourself to find that bravery and the love for the sport [to perform].”

Lysacek, who was invited to the premiere by Walt Disney Pictures, was thrilled to receive the invitation.

“I've always been a Disney fan since I was a little kid, so I couldn't pass up the offer,” said the 2005 World bronze medalist.

"Sky High" debuts in theatres on July 29. The plot centers on Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano), the son of Commander Stronghold (Kurt Russell) and Josie Jetstream (Kelly Preston), as he tries to find a balance between his human abilities and superhuman powers.

Earlier this year, Walt Disney Pictures was responsible for the debut of "Ice Princess," a coming-of-age skating story featuring Michelle Trachtenberg. The film also featured 1988 Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano and nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan.

This time around, the press and other movie-goers had another chance to talk skating on the red carpet.

“A lot of people on the red carpet were interested about the sport [of figure skating] and what events were lined up in an Olympic year,” Lysacek said. “It was great publicity for U.S. Figure Skating. We talked about the new judging system, the upcoming season and more.”

With the kickoff of the competitive skating season just around the corner, many fans are speculating what the year will bring and in line with "Sky High's" theme, “Anything is possible.”

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