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21 February 2010

OMEGA Joins U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Star Evan Lysacek in Celebrating his Historic Gold Medal


U.S. Olympic star Evan Lysacek visited the OMEGA Boutique in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Sunday morning where he was presented with an OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean watch with an orange bezel and orange rubber strap by OMEGA President Stephen Urquhart – and legendary astronauts and OMEGA Ambassadors Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Captain Eugene A. Cernan Lt. General Tom Stafford – in celebration of his historic gold medal win in men’s figure skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Following the watch presentation, Lysacek and Urquhart then crossed the street with Aldrin, Cernan and Stafford and posed for photographs in front of OMEGA’s iconic red bobsled and the Official OMEGA Countdown Clock.  A crowd quickly gathered as they spotted Lysacek wearing his gold medal.

With his stunning performance here in Vancouver, Lysacek became the first American figure skater to win men’s gold since Brian Boitano at the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games.  He entered Thursday’s men’s figure skating competition in second place after posting a career-best score of 90.30 in the short program Tuesday at the Pacific Coliseum.  Lysacek won gold with another career-best performance in the men’s free skate to post a total score of 257.67 – 1.31 points ahead of Evegni Plushenko of Russia, who won silver.

OMEGA is the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.  In figure skating, OMEGA Timing’s new high definition judges’ scoring system made its Olympic debut at these Games.  Tested at international competitions and sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU) in 2008, the new system has been in use since the beginning of 2009.  The new system allows judges to review the technical aspects of the skater’s movements.

"We are thrilled to congratulate Evan on his historic gold medal here in Vancouver," said Urquhart.  "His performance at these Games will go down in history as a truly great moment in Olympic time and OMEGA is proud to present Evan with a Seamaster Planet Ocean in celebration of his remarkable victory."

OMEGA is serving as Official Olympic Timekeeper for the 24th time since 1932 and recently announced that it had extended its agreement to handle all the timekeeping and data handling for the Olympic Games through 2020.