Lysacek is skating to "Espana Cani" by Pasquale Marquina. This is his short program from last year; he went back to it this fall after the Grand Prix season.
Lysacek had a rough warmup, taking a fall on a triple Axel attempt and struggling with a couple other jump attempts. He did do a nice triple Lutz-triple toe combination. It looks like he will not try the quadruple toe tonight.
He is opening with the triple Axel... and he falls. Very nice triple Lutz-triple toe combination -- he carried loads of speed through that. Next, a sit spin, and now he's into his circular footwork sequence. Next, steps into a triple flip. He doubled it. He's been practicing so well, notes Sale. This is very characteristic. Now a spin. Then straightline footwork, which he fell on at Nationals. No problem here. He's doing his final combination spin now.
He looks absolutely crushed. The expression on his face is one of shock.
Sale: I don't think he has a clue what just happened to him, because every practice for him here has been amazing. He had a really rough warmup, falling on the triple Axel, stepping out of his triple flip. he looked really tight tonight, stiff in the knees. Totally not himself and what we've been seeing from him this week. I'm really sad for him because I think that with a clean skate he probably could've been in the top three.
Did he look nervous?
Pelletier: Absolutely. Since the warmup when he got on the ice, he had this blank stare. Disappointing because all week long he's been practicing well.
He is in the kiss-and-cry, head in his hands."