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Congratulations to Evan Lysacek

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Naperville native Evan Lysacek made his hometown fans proud Thursday night, winning the gold medal in the Olympic men's figure skating competition by posting his career best score of 167.37 in the free skate final to top his nearest rival by a little more than a point.

Our congratulations go out to Evan on making his Olympic dreams come true.

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Congrats to Evan. The students at Gregory Middle School are so proud of him. It is so exciting to have someone from Naperville win gold and handle himself with so much dignity.

I forgot to mention, a nice rink would also open up more ice skating related Park District programs for residents to enjoy.

By One Who Values You on February 23, 2010 4:16 PM
"...Put his name on an ice rink or something!!!"

That's RIGHT!! That is one thing we are lacking here in Naperville is a nice outdoor ice rink, like the one they set up in downtown Chicago, and what a fitting tribute to Evan. I would like to see it out in Frontier Park near Neuqua, his high school alma matre. There are a couple of spots there, with lights already installed.

Possibly a better site would replace those ugly, poorly maintained (my opinion) wood boarded hockey rinks on the volleyball court along the Riverwalk. I can see people coming from miles around to enjoy a skate on a nice rink. It might even pay for itself, especially being dedicated to Evan. Maybe one of his future sponsors would want to kick in a sponsorship, like Sears used to do at the rink in Chicago.

Evan will focus on endorsements and make sure he gets his 10 million. He will make Gold out of his Gold

I would hope Naperville would have a parade in his honor. And you don't need candy. Why should kids even have to have it? Childhood obesity, reinforcing what? Can't go unless I get candy. Can't clean my room unless I get something for it. Lets just help children learn to honor those who have worked hard and achieved. Let them get the right message! I hope Naperville honors him also with something...do they do keys to the city anymore...then again do we want that anymore with the financial state of cities (and our state) these days. HA! They can do some type of honor. And get those signs up honoring Evan on the streets when people drive into Naperville! Put his name on an ice rink or something!!! Make a sandwhich named after him something! ;-) Congrats Evan! I hope you do some speaking engagements showing the medal & discussing your experience. And I hope it is not a costly event so children can come also. How about visiting schools and talking to children even outside of Naperville! All levels as well!

I agree.
The Russian skater has come off as arrogant and a poor sport. Evan has carried himself with complete dignity while fielding questions from the media. The media has tried to pull him into the controversy and tried to get him to say something negative about the Russian skater, yet Evan has not allowed himself to be drawn into that issue.

He shows a great level of maturity and dignity. His parents should be especially proud of the character he is demonstrating with the media.

Anonymous on February 20, 2010 9:41 AM
Gold Medal Public Relations performance with Bob Costas interview perhaps bettering his Gold Medal athletic performance.

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Absolutely "spot-on" in your assessment Anonymous. I'm sorry to say that I've never heard Evan Lysacek interviewed before. In the Costas inverview He was professional, gracious and I have no doubt will be a spokesperson, commentator once he hangs up the skates.

Liquid performance deserving the gold.

Gold Medal Public Relations performance with Bob Costas interview perhaps bettering his Gold Medal athletic performance.

Why do we have to choose? Just keep on stacking them UP!

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I dont think we do. Everyone is a great achievement.

Congrats to Evan, maybe the city will have a parade in his honor? I wonder if he could throw candy to everyone...?

By Anonymous on February 19, 2010 7:29 AM
Congrats to Evan, but this leads to the all important question, what is the biggest achievement by a Naperville athlete in the last few years, winning a gold medal, winning the Superbowl or winning a woman's basketball national championship followed by rookie of the year and MVP of the WNBA?
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Why do we have to choose? Just keep on stacking them UP!

It shows all that work really pays off. Evan you made Naperville proud once again. Your friends and family even prouder of your accomplishments. Where do you o from here? Back to back GOLDS? A future coach? The future is yours indeed...Again Congrats on setting your personal goals so high!

Congrats to Evan, but this leads to the all important question, what is the biggest achievement by a Naperville athlete in the last few years, winning a gold medal, winning the Superbowl or winning a woman's basketball national championship followed by rookie of the year and MVP of the WNBA?

We are very proud, but we've always been very proud of Evan. He has always represented the best of Naperville's and IPSD's young people.

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