The knives were out after the men's final on Day 7, when Evan Lysacek (left) of the U.S. dethroned reigning Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko (above) in an upset that left the Russian and his supporters—all the way up to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin—incensed at the judging. The prohibitive favorite, Plushenko had come under criticism in some circles for a perceived lack of artistry. In the free skate he completed his trademark quad-triple but struggled with his balance and footwork; Lysacek, in contrast, skated a confident, energetic program that lacked a quad but included eight triple jumps. Plushenko actually matched Lysacek's score in the artistic component, but Lysacek received higher technical marks. "To do your best when it counts the most," said Lysacek, "I was ecstatic."