Lysacek on Korea's Kim: “If Anyone Can Do It's Her”

Evan Lysacek may have secured his own gold medal, but he's still full of excitement -- and nerves -- for the female athletes competing this week.

"Whoever delivers tonight is the one who's going to be standing on top. At least as far as the Short Program goes," Lysacek told NBC Los Angeles at the Toyota Training Center Tuesday.

When asked what he thought would be the outcome of Tuesday's competition, he had glowing things to say about many of the competitors, including Korea's Yu-Na Kim.

"[A] good friend of mine, Yu-Na Kim from South Korea, is very strong. She's the reigning world champion, but that comes with a considerable amount of pressure so she's going to be dealing, quite possibly, with more pressure than anyone else tonight. And she's a huge star in Korea so a whole nation is sort of resting on her shoulders," Lysacek said.

"But if anyone can do it it's her."

Lysacek clearly admires all of the competing female athletes -- he also cited the talent of skaters from Italy and Japan.

But in the end Evan is taking on the role of big brother, and cheering on local skater Marai Nagasu.


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When asked who he was rooting for, Lysacek replied, "It's hard to say. I love Marai because I train with her every day and she's like a little sister to me. So I'm really pulling for her."

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