Well, like most of you, I'm not at all surprised that Evan is not competing the GP circuit.
Frankly, I don't expect to see Evan EVER compete again in the GP series, Nationals, Worlds, Olys.
WHY on earth would he? He's already won the OGM ... and he was very lucky to do that! WHY would he ever want to compete again?
Psssssst ..... Evan ... there's nowhere to go but DOWN. But, I suspect Evan is smart enough to not need me to tell him that.
If Shawn Johnson's DWTS contract is anything to go on - And I think it is - Then Evan made 250K for getting into the finals. TMZ published the particulars of SJ's contract which had to be publicly filed because she was a minor.
Evan is a brand name skater and GP skaters are commodities, blah, blah. No judgement if it was about $$$, but I don't think he intended to skate. His gold medal reputation is too heavy to take back into competition.
A recent article on Evan posted on FSU (not sure what thread) revealed that he stayed in a Paris hotel where he payed about $1,000 per night. If that's not wealthy, I don't know what is wealthy.
That said, skaters don't return to competition for money, and even if they did, money alone can't give them the motivation to go through the rigorous training they need to undergo in order to become competitive again.
If the US Fed used Evan's name to sell ticket's, that's their issue - it's an effective strategy to sell Skate America tickets, albeit a slimy one.
If Evan expects to profit from returning to competition he's probably deluded. But I doubt that he does - as I said he is already a rich man. It appears that he wants to return in competitive form. Whether than happens or not remains to be seen, and Evan knows that better than anyone else.
I feel sad that Evan will not be competing at Skate America. Not surprised, since it was posted in August (IIRC), that he was seen wearing something (I have forgotten the word) in his foot, which índicated an injury.
Evan and Sasha are not the only ones to drop out of the GP after media hype.
I can't believe it
I've thought for a long while that Lysacek has an enormous ego (since winning his 1st US title in 2007), and this further confirms those feelings. He has divo written all over him.
From reading this thread, it is completely mind-boggling to me that athletes, particularly those only at the level of Lysacek, who, let's face it, is nowhere in the top echelon of sports legends, would squander away the money of their hard labor on overly extravagant luxuries with the economy in the poor state that it is in. Do these people not keep up with news and current events? By the time the next Olympics rolls around, I wonder if he will have filed for bankruptcy.
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Once Evan announced he was training and accepted the spot at SA, he gave the USFSA permission to use his picture in its advertisements (along with other skaters competing).
Someone should remind Evan that in the "olden days" figure skaters weren't paid for competing, you have to wonder how many skaters had the ability to reach the level Evan did but didn't because they didn't have the financial means to hire a Frank Carroll or lack of time to spend on the ice due to working to pay rent etc.
Maybe when it comes to money he's looking to the long term. He won't command these kinds of sums forever, after all, and even if he's enjoying having a little extra now, maybe he thinks he should make enough to save some for later.
i applaud Evan for being honest with regards to the money issue; however,
if he just want to come back and skate and see how he does currently or with the current crop, or his technique, jumps. i have to say it kinda of makes me think he is in only skating more for moneysakes than skating.
i totally understand him being upset at issue with advertising in regards to Skate America, should he got something-possible.
but i seem to recall when sarah was schedule and pulled out due to injury-skate america stated they used more money for putting her face on billboards, advertising. What i am getting at -is this skate america paid more for her advertising than to sarah personally. (whether she got extra money for participating or not-that i dont know) that is my take
evan is going to do what he wants and fair enough get what he can.
Lysacek's official statement: http://www.whosay.com/evanlysacek/co...72?code=RnJR3o
If he were really that "extremely trained and eager to compete at Skate America" why would a "suitable [financial] agreement" be needed as well?October 14, 2011
I regret to inform that I am withdrawing from the 2011 Grand Prix Series. I am extremely trained and eager to compete at Skate America, but a suitable agreement could not be reached between US Figure Skating and myself by the event entry deadline. I'm extremely disappointed in this turn of events, but I hope to be back on competitive ice this season.
In any case, I'm happy that Doug Razzano is getting the opportunity to compete in his first Grand Prix.
Actual bumper sticker series: Jesus is my co-pilot. Satan is my financial advisor. Budha is my therapist. L. Ron Hubbard owes me $50.