It seems like yesterday, but it was four years ago. The Lysacek family stayed at Baur B&B during the Torino Olympics.
It had been difficult. Evan had qualified for the Olympics at the last moment, and there were no hotels rooms to be found in Torino. Through friends of friends, Tanya, Evan's mom, found us. We had to make special arrangements, because they needed to be brought back and forth for the practices and venues and of course, for the two skating competition.
We did it all. Arrival dinner, transport to Pala Vela and the practice rinks between 7 am and 12.30 am, breakfasts, helping relatives find hotel rooms when they missed the last train out to Milan. We helped dry the tears after the heartbreak of Evan's short program. We shouted for joy when he came back to place fourth. We were part of Team Lysacek for just a small moment in time.
It was clear this young man was going places.
For me, it was incredible experience to learn what goes into the making of an Olympic athelete. The family involvement was 100%. These people have done everything to help their son reach his goal. The mood went from somber and sad one morning to talk of an upcoming Tonight Show appearance a couple of days later.
I will always be grateful to have had the chance to glimpse at the world of the Olympics through this very special lens here at the B&B, and I am absolutely thrilled for Evan. I can imagine how Tanya and Don Lysacek feel today -- elated, relieved, exhausted!