Evan Lysacek's mom tells her story of his journey

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  1. jlai

    jlai Title-less

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    http://figureskating.teamusa.org/ne...tells-her-story-of-his-journey/35891?ngb_id=3

    Sorry if this has been posted

    I like this bit:
  2. Oreo

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    Thank you for posting this. She would be wonderful to have as a mother.
  3. cheriepopo

    cheriepopo New Member

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    I like this :cool:

    Thanks for posting this story!
  4. VALuvsMKwan

    VALuvsMKwan Wandering Goy

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    Perhaps she should call Maman Joubert to give her advice (i.e. liberate your petit garcon if you want him to win la medaille d'or). :EVILLE:
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  5. cheriepopo

    cheriepopo New Member

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    exactly what I think:lol:
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    deleted, double posting
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  7. Jaana

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    I´m not surprised at all that Lysacek has a wonderful and sensible mother. Thanks so much for the link to this great interview!!!

  8. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting this! I thought this was cute:

    Awwww! :)
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  10. RockTheTassel

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    Nice article. She seems sweet and supportive and not at all controlling or pushy. Good for Evan for having great family support throughout his career.
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    What a nice article, she seems like a great lady. She could hold a clinic for a number of parents out there.
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    This is a great interview.
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    Great article!! Seems like a smart lady, fabulous mom. That is why Evan is so grounded.
    Hope some of the skating moms of younger up and coming athletes read this articel and take some advice from it.
  14. danceronice

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    I bet there are some coaches out there who would like to have that printed out and handed as a leaflet to a lot of skating parents.
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    Wow, this interview impressed me. More moms of skaters need to be like her.
  16. MOIJTO

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    That's why he is a champion. Parents that butt out and know their place are why champions are champions!
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    any one who gets up at 4 30 in the am EVERYDAY deserves to win an OGM ;)
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    I remember back when Pat Lipinski was roaring her obnoxious way into every bit of media attention she could find and Danny Kwan was forcing his daughter to treat the Olympics like a business trip (God forbid she could enjoy herself a bit...) thinking "Geez, I don't recall if Brian Boitano even HAD parents!!!"

    I agree with Mojito, and I'm actually happy to see that the trend for the parents to be in the spotlight seems to have passed even with the younger skaters (I barely recall much about either Mirai or Rachel's folks aside from Mirai's mom battling thyroid cancer when Mirai cited it as inspiration). Skating parents could take a strong lesson from Tanya Lysacek. Even if you support it with every fiber of your being, it's your child's dream, not yours. And that makes it extra sweet when it comes true. Bravo Evan, and Bravo Tanya!!!
  19. attyfan

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    If parents butting out is one reason why champions are champions, then I think it likely that both Pat Lipinski and Danny Kwan are not as interfering as they are often viewed. After all, I think both Tara and Michelle qualify as "champions". However, both Tara and Michelle were (at least in Nagano) significantly younger than Evan -- so a little more parental involvement is (at least IMO) understandable.

    Seriously, though, I think that Tanya Lysacek is setting a good example for other parents of adult skaters.
  20. jlai

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    I can't speak for the female skaters who tend to be underaged,but for male skaters it does seem to be true that many male skaters who fulfill their potential don't have parents who attract atttention in any sort of way.
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    honestly...when was the last time Evan got up that early ...(edited to add)...to train each day...(not to travel from DWTS to SOI).
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  22. cheriepopo

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    maybe just yesterday? :hat1: just take a look at his tight schedule:eek:
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    Given his current schedule, I'm not sure he sleeps.
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    I've never met Tanya L. She was not in the stands in Cleveland when Evan won the junior title. Unfortunately, some of her "acquaintances" were in the stands and spent a ridiculous amount of time dissing her. I took their carping as juvenile--and they certainly proved it over and over by the things they said during short and free programs. The fact that I never really heard about her again after 2000 made me realize that my dismissal of the remarks those young people made was probably right.

    I've sat in the stands with or near parents of other skaters, and most of these parents are nice people who support their children, no matter what. I've never seen a parent berate a young skater. I hope that THAT is the actual norm!
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    It's not uncommon for parents to talk about each other, especially when they are jealous. Even if you're a parent, it's understandable that you would be envious when other people or their kids are experiencing such success. It's human nature IMO. I've met a number of parents throughout my time following skating. I've always found Tanya to be very humble. She doesn't usually talk much but the pride she has in all three of her children, not just Evan, is really evident when she does. She's different than say, Patti Weir, but they're both great parents. Connie Nam (Naomi Nari) is also one parent I remember being very humble and kind. I remember sitting next to her on a bus at nationals when Naomi was very popular. She was very nice. Seemed like just a regular person with a skating daughter.
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    I have had the privilege of meeting both Evan and Tanya. I can't say enough about both of them. Tanya was, and continues to be, a wonderful supporting Mom. She and I had a laugh about the superstitions that we had, to assure ourselves that we wouldn't jinx our sons' skating :)
  28. Carolla5501

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    While I am not sure about Tara... I don't get the "Kwan parent bashing"

    Let's see, she has World titles, TONS of National titles, a couple of Olympic medals, a college degree and is working on graduate school.. Seems like they must have done SOMETHING right. That's more then most of us accomplish :)

    I think that some of the "parent" bashing on here is based more on "rumor" then reality. (Not all, but at least some)

    There are lots of top skaters whose parents I wouldn't know if I met them. And there are parents I have met in passing who are truly class acts. I have never met one who wasn't trying to do thier best.

    Evan's mom is a prime example. Behind the scenes supporting him and doing her best.. (And it turned out very well, didn't it!:) )
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  29. Iceman

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    Some children succeed and do well independent of their parents' behavior---good or bad!
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    True, but when parents have more than one children and they all turn out well, then (IMO), there is a stronger indication of good parenting, rather than "coincidentally" all doing well independently of their parents' behavior.
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    It hardly hurts to have a good role model.