LOL at all these excuses/ reasonings ... whether Johnny wrote a book or not, left NC before the men's final or not, he's not well-liked by TPTB in figureskating b/c he speaks truth to power. Evan is the One they want to promote, and the face of U.S. Men's figureskating (even before he won Olympic gold). If Evan had won the MK trophy, they may just have found the opportunity to air a glimpse of it on the NBC broadcast. Evan is part of the usfigureskating establishment (witness him invited to take part in the men's medal award ceremony and to have his own press conference) -- yes, he's Olympic champion, and that's the icing on the cake. But winning gold didn't happen just because he bested Plushenko -- in part it became possible because Evan was and is backed 110% by his federation. And yes, let me cut you off at the pass.. you all are sooo right ... Johnny never deserved to be backed. He beat himself ... he's such a diva. And the One IMO who has had the most influence on his generation of skaters. Yadda yadda, believe it or not. BTW, my opinion doesn't matter and neither does anyone else's. It is what it is.
Yep, I guess we all surely know by now that Evan Lysacek is the Men's Olympic Champion, he'll always be, and Johnny will always not be (and neither will Michelle Kwan, btw). Both Johnny and Michelle wanted to win Olympic gold, but neither of them are drooling over Evan's/ Tara's respectively, nor are they wasting time feeling sorry for themselves or worrying about what non-fans think of them.
The award ceremony for Johnny was just under 3 1/2 minutes. It went off without a hitch. Johnny looked great ... he later tweeted that he was wearing a brooch given to him by his parents, so he felt they were with him. He responded beautifully to questions by the female interviewer (her name wasn't mentioned in the clip). I loved Johnny’s expression of support for and his pride in Ryan's accomplishments. And his response to the final question about what he had to say to fans and young skaters coming up who are inspired by him ... "Always believe in yourself and never be afraid to fall down ... Never feel pressured or marginalized or told what to do or who to be or what to skate to, or what not to wear. I'm so proud of everything I've accomplished [wins and losses]. I want everyone to believe in themselves, love themselves and stand here in ten years and be proud of where they've gotten."