Mixed bag for Americans in short program

Mixed bag for Americans in short program

Published Feb. 17, 2010 1:47 a.m. ET

Evan Lysacek left the Pacific Coliseum in second place after the men's short program at the Olympics. One more dynamic performance in the free skate and the defending world champion will leave the Vancouver Games with a medal. Maybe even gold.

Johnny Weir is sixth and will need help to even get on the podium, trailing Japan's Daisuke Takahashi by 8.15 points.

The third American, two-time national champion Jeremy Abbott, was heartbroken after flopping his way to 15th in Tuesday's event.