Weir doesn't mind comparisons with Lysacek, who dethroned
him as U.S. Champion last season. His 22-year-old rival
has included quads in both his short and long programs
this season, bringing added focus to the jump.
"I think our rivalry adds some interest to the sport,
which is sorely needed," Weir said. "I had the
second-highest (point) total this fall (to Takahashi), so
I think Evan and I are neck and neck. I do consider us
the favorites in Saint Paul, but last year, I was a
victim of that thinking and I wound up third (behind
Lysacek and Ryan Bradley). So I know there are other guys
who are capable of challenging us.
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