March 17, 2010 01:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
Fans and critics alike seem to have high expectations for Olympic gold medalist, Evan Lysacek, on the upcoming season ofÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars, but the star’s dance pro partner, Anna Trebunskaya is getting freaked out by all the pressure! The pair speaks out about Evan’s dancing struggles, dealing with high expectations, and working together…
Everyone has seemed to peg Olympic ice skater Evan Lysacek as the competitor to beat on the tenth season ofÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars, but the star and his partner, Anna Trebunskaya are trying to ignore the pressure.Â ”It kind of freaked me out at first because people were already talking about it, like, ‘Well, he’s going to win; he’s definitely going to go far,’” Trebunskaya tells TV Guide. “But then I forgot about it because we can only try our best and the rest is out of our control. I’m just concentrating on our dances.”
Evan Lysacek is trying to focus on the dances too but it’s proving more difficult than he expected. “I thought there could be some of my skating that I could use, but there’s really not. In dance, you count and in skating, you use the phrasing of the music, so I’m learning how to count. We rotate everything in skating counterclockwise and they rotate clockwise. I feel like I’m getting more dizzy than I would be if I were just skating,” Lysacek says. His former competitors onÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars prepared him for the challenge. “Kristi [Yamaguchi] told me that it’s not as easy as you think it’s going to be.”
Fortunately, Lysacek has had the help of a skilled partner, Russian-born Anna Trebunskaya.Â ”I’m not graceful at all, so it’s going to be hard, but I’m ready to put in the time,” Lysacek says. Trebunskaya adds, “I think he’s very critical of himself.Â He’s definitely lighter on his feet, so I think he’s just very critical of himself. The Viennese waltz is a good dance for him because it has a lot of rotations, which he’s used to. There are some spins that are sort of down his alley, so I’m trying to make the choreography more comfortable for him.”
Was there any animosity between the couple since Lysacek recently beat Trebunskaya’s native country for a gold medal at the Winter Olympics? Evan Lysacek admits he was nervous about it. “I thought for a second that Anna might resent me because I beat her countryman. But she didn’t! To find out that she’s so nice and so sweet is really refreshing,” Lysacek says. “I think our producers have a good sense of humor to pair us up. Obviously I’m a big fan of Russian Olympians, but honestly, I’m a fan of just good performances,” Trebunskaya says.
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