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Men's Singles

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Date Started: February 16, 2010
Date Finished: February 17, 2010
Format: Total of points from short program and free skating.

Gold: USA Evan Lysacek
Silver: RUS Yevgeny Plyushchenko
Bronze: JPN Daisuke Takahashi

Summary

After winning the 2006 gold medal, Yevgeny Plyushchenko had taken a sabbatical from competition and did not return until October 2009, only a few months before the Vancouver Olympics. Despite his lack of competition, he was still considered the man to beat. At the end of the short program, Plyushchenko led with 90.85 points from Daisuke Takahashi (JPN), just 0.55 points behind and Evan Lysacek (USA), a further 0.05 points behind. These were to be the three medallists, although not in that order. Lysacek, skating first, performed almost flawlessly to take the lead with 257.67 points. Takahashi’s chances ended when he fell attempting a quadruple jump in an otherwise well presented free skate. Skating last, Plyushchenko had a couple of minor errors, and a tense wait followed while the judges marked his performance. In the end Lysacek won the gold from Plyushchenko by 1.31 points. A disappointed Plyushchenko was quick to make reference to what he perceived as poor judging, noting Lysacek didn’t include a quadruple jump in his program, as he had, but the result stood. Former Russian premier Vladimir Putin, a close friend of Plyushchenko, also proclaimed that Plyushchenko was the real winner, for what that was worth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Evan Lysacek 24 United States USA Gold 257.67
2 Yevgeny Plyushchenko 27 Russia RUS Silver 256.36
3 Daisuke Takahashi 23 Japan JPN Bronze 247.23
4 Stéphane Lambiel 24 Switzerland SUI 246.72
5 Patrick Chan 19 Canada CAN 241.42
6 Johnny Weir 25 United States USA 238.87
7 Nobunari Oda 22 Japan JPN 238.54
8 Takahiko Kozuka 20 Japan JPN 231.19
9 Jeremy Abbott 24 United States USA 218.96
10 Michal Březina 19 Czech Republic CZE 216.73
11 Denis Ten 16 Kazakhstan KAZ 211.25
12 Florent Amodio 19 France FRA 210.30
13 Artyom Borodulin 20 Russia RUS 210.16
14 Javier Fernández 18 Spain ESP 206.68
15 Adrian Schultheiss 21 Sweden SWE 200.44
16 Brian Joubert 25 France FRA 200.22
17 Kevin Van der Perren 27 Belgium BEL 189.84
18 Samuel Contesti 26 Italy ITA 187.50
19 Tomáš Verner 23 Czech Republic CZE 184.74
20 Paolo Bacchini 24 Italy ITA 177.21
21 Viktor Pfeifer 22 Austria AUT 175.93
22 Stefan Lindemann 29 Germany GER 171.98
23 Vaughn Chipeur 25 Canada CAN 170.92
24 Anton Kovalevskiy 24 Ukraine UKR 165.90
25 r1/2 Song Chol-Ri 23 North Korea PRK
26 r1/2 Abzal Rakhimgaliyev 17 Kazakhstan KAZ
27 r1/2 Gregor Urbas 27 Slovenia SLO
28 r1/2 Przemysław Domański 23 Poland POL
29 r1/2 Zoltan Kelemen 23 Romania ROU
30 r1/2 Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari 26 Finland FIN