Lysacek upsets Plushenko for gold medal

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)

February 18, 2010 10:41:28 PM PST
Evan Lysacek has won the men's figure skating gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics, upsetting defending champion Evgeni Plushenko.

Daisuke Takahashi of Japan won the bronze Thursday night.

Lysacek's flawless, if somewhat conservative, performance earned him the first U.S. men's gold since Brian Boitano in 1988. Plushenko, trying to become the first repeat men's gold medalist since Dick Button in 1952, couldn't top him. Some sloppy landings on jumps and one weak spin were enough to drop him to silver.

When Plushenko's scores were announced, Lysacek, the current world champion, jumped in elation backstage. Plushenko simply smiled and walked out of the kiss-and-cry area.