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The men are finally in prime position

Philip Hersh Los Angeles Times 29.03.2009 21:49
Evan Lysacek performs during the exhibition phase of the world championships on Sunday at Staples Center.

Evan Lysacek performs during the exhibition phase of the world championships on Sunday at Staples Center.

It's telling that NBC coverage of the world championships ended with a replay of Evan Lysacek's winning free skate.

Viewers east of the Rockies have been forced to wait for the witching hours to see the two greatest triumphs of Evan Lysacek's career because U.S. television loves ice princesses.

"I guess they thought people want to watch the little girls go skate," Lysacek said after winning his first U.S. championship with a brilliant free skate two years ago.

You could see the face of change Saturday night in the NBC women's coverage at the World Championships.

It was Lysacek's 5-o'clock-shadowed face.

The prime-time telecast finished not with more on the women but a replay of the free skate, previously aired on Oxygen, which had made him world champion just before midnight Chicago time Thursday.

With no U.S. woman likely to be in the medal mix at the 2010 Olympics, the men's competition should command the U.S. media spotlight for the first time since Tenley Albright's 1956 triumph made women's skating the Olympic focus for U.S. audiences.

Even the celebrated Battle of the Brians at Calgary in 1988, Boitano of the U.S. vs. Orser of Canada, was overshadowed by the women's competition, in which Katarina Witt of East Germany and Debi Thomas of the U.S. attracted more viewers.


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