Why Evan Lysacek still is the talk of US men's skating
Within days, we are likely to find out what long has seemed like a foregone conclusion: Evan Lysacek has given up the attempt to defend his Olympic figure skating title. There are those who ask why there still is so much attention, from sponsors and the media, on an injury-plagued 28-year-old who has not competed since the 2010 Olympics and has just one event left in which to get the 2014 Olympic qualifying score. The answer lies in the results. They show that no U.S. man -- and only a few in the world -- has been as consistently good internationally under the sport's new judging system as Lysacek was from 2005 through the Vancouver Games. And the men in contention for the two spots ...