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March 28, 2010

Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek gets hero\’s welcome in hometown

Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek gets hero’s welcome in hometown

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Evan Lysacek holds his gold medal during the men’s medals ceremony at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships.
Image: David W. Carmichael.

Residents of the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois celebrated Evan Lysacek Day last Friday. Held in honor of the gold medalist in figure skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the day started with a rally at the former Naperville resident’s high school, Neuqua Valley High School. 

Neuqua awarded Lysacek its first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award. He was the first American since 1988 to win the gold in men’s figure skating, having started the sport since he was eight. Despite being busy with other engagements and starring in the TV show Dancing with the Stars, Lysacek was excited about the opportunity to visit his hometown. 

He also took the opportunity to thank his former teachers, who he said worked hard to keep him caught up in his studies amidst his hectic skating career. “I’ve been waiting to get back home and celebrate with the community that’s backed me and been so instrumental in my development as a person, as an athlete and take this opportunity to say thank you, not just to the community but more so to the faculty here,” he told the crowd at Neuqua. 

The skater’s achievements have inspired the residents of his hometown. “I was inspired by what he showed me. He showed that I can do anything I want to do,” said Neuqua student Gbenja Okubaja. At a Chamber of Commerce lunch held later that day, Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel awarded Lysacek the key to the city, saying “I don’t know what it opens, but I’ve been told its already opened the hearts of everyone here in Naperville.” In response Lysacek joked, “I hear it opens all the banks here in Naperville.”

Afterwards, Lysacek attended a fundraiser held in honor of skater and long-time friend Stephanie Joseph, who died of cancer at the age of 21. 



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November 22, 2007

Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent land first throw quadruple salchow

Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent land first throw quadruple salchow

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent in 2006.
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On November 17, 2007, at the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard competition in Paris, France, American pair skaters Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent, a mirror pair team, became the first pair skaters in the world to land a throw quadruple salchow jump. The jump was ratified as clean by Technical Controller Ann Hardy-Thomas, and the International Skating Union officially proclaimed it the first in international competition on Monday, November 19th.

This jump had been attempted many times in competition before, most notably by Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao of China at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Vise & Trent had tried it unsuccessfully before, as had Canada’s Jessica Miller & Ian Moram and Russia’s Yuko Kawaguchi & Alexander Smirnov.

This is the first quadruple jump in pair skating. The first throw triple axel in international competition was performed by Rena Inoue and John Baldwin at the 2006 Olympics.



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January 19, 2007

Canada beats USA 5-0 in ice hockey at World University Games

Canada beats USA 5-0 in ice hockey at World University Games

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Friday, January 19, 2007

In his first play of Winter Universiade 2007 Hockey team of Canada defeated USA 5-0, while in another game the home team of Italy lost to Kazakhstan 3-1.

Italy won its first gold medal in Giant Slalom when Aronne Pieruz was first in both runs of Skiing competition. Czech Filip Trejbal was second and American Adam Cole was third.

Medal table is led by Poland who won two gold medals: in Speedskating Katarzyna Wojcicka was first in 1,500 metres and in Cross-Country Katarzyna Wojcicka won 5 km Classical Individual. Other gold medalists in the day were Dutch Mark Ooyevaar in Speedskating 5,000 m, the Russian Alexander Lasutkin in 10km Classical Individual Cross-Country, the Austrian Daniela Iraschko in K95 Ski jumping and Japanese Daisuke Takashasho in Single Figure Skating.

In Men’s Curling Switzerland beat USA 8-5, and South Korea won against Italy 7-5. Following results are to be highlighted in Women’s Curling: Sweden- USA 8-7, Switzerland-Great Britain 9-7 and Japan-Italy 7-2.

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