"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.
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.
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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