Changing agents should help get Lysacek back to skate competition

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Evan Lysacek and figure skating legend Peggy Fleming at a party following his 2010 Olympic victory

Evan Lysacek and figure skating legend Peggy Fleming at a party following his2010 Olympic victory. (Christopher Polk /Getty Images / February 18, 2010)

And, in leaving International Management Group - the most powerful force in skating - for CAA, Lysacek undoubtedly overestimated what having a connection to an entertainment superpower could do for him.

After all, this is no longer the post-Tonya-Nancy era, when the general public had a morbid curiosity about the sport, and skaters were awash in money from ersatz competitions and tours.

Even with that, Michelle Kwan is the only U.S. skater who competed in those years to get very wealthy from the sport, and much of her income came from sources directly related to what she did - prize and appearance money in her competitive years and the contract with Champions on Ice.  

Kwan also earned every penny with her winning personality, competitive fire and the most distinguished competitive record of any skater in the world since Katarina Witt nearly a quarter-century ago.

Meanwhile, the men's results at the past two world championships have been the worst in history.  U.S. interest in the sport beyond hard-score skating fans is the lowest in history.  And Lysacek has the most impressive international career credentials - world and Olympic titles, three world medals - of any U.S. man since 1988 Olympic champion Brian Boitano.

There is no guarantee Lysacek will win another championship medal - or even win one of the two U.S. world spots in 2013 or an Olympic spot in 2014.

But he and comebacking Johnny Weir (bronze in 2008) are the only U.S. men to have won world medals since 2003.  Other than Weir, no U.S. man has done better since 2003 than Lysacek's worst finish in four worlds and two Olympics - fifth place.

Plus, renewal of the entertaining old Lysacek-Weir rivalry will help deflect attention from the mess surrounding every U.S. skating discipline except ice dance.

USFS boss David Raith should crawl from Colorado Springs to Goldberg's office outside Detroit to get Lysacek back.  



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