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Lysacek overcomes Skate America curse

Updated: November 15, 2009, 2:54 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- It's been 25 years since the reigning men's figure skating world champion managed to follow that feat with an Olympic gold medal. He was an American named Scott Hamilton, and a few years later, he would become an idol for a little boy in the Chicago suburbs named Evan Lysacek.

"I've had this really cosmic connection to him my whole career," said Lysacek, who would love to keep that interstellar bond going in Vancouver in February. He took one more step in that direction ...

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