Friday, February 19, 2010 - American Lysacek Wins Skating Gold in Upset - American Lysacek Wins Skating Gold in Upset

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So, while sometimes it's frickin' awesome when the frontrunner actually lives up to the hype and comes out on top - I'm thinking of Michael Phelps winning every gold in every race or even Shaun White or Lindsey Vonn just this week - sometimes the excitement is in the underdog coming out on top or in the upset. In 1998, Michelle Kwan was the favorite to win gold in women's figure skating and Tara Lipinski was the spunky 15 year old who was already living the dream just by being there. But by the end of their routines, even though I had been rooting for Michelle initially, I knew Tara had won and boy, did she deserve it, if it was an obvious upset to even a skating idiot like myself.

I think I especially love when during the routine they start to get more into it because they know they're nailing it and when they show all that emotion at the end because they know what they just did. So anyway, congrats to Lysacek for being the first American to win gold in men's figure skating since Brian Boitano back in '88, and for keeping the dream alive for underdogs everywhere.

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